With tennis players in Lake Nona and across the United States forced off the courts and into their homes in unprecedented times, the USTA is doing its part to keep them fit and healthy with a package of unique online resources to help tennis players everywhere stay active and connected with the game they love.
In an effort to support parents and families at this challenging time, the USTA and Net Generation have been sharing tennis tips and fun activities to keep everyone in the family active and occupied – no matter where they are.
The USTA has sent out Tennis at Home newsletters to parents three times a week since it was launched in mid-March. Each newsletter includes healthy exercises, tennis trick shots, and innovative activities from the USTA Foundation’s Academic Creative Engagement (A.C.E.) Curriculum to make sure the learning and the fun don’t have to stop.
Instructional videos place an emphasis on fun while demonstrating the different ways youngsters can stay active in their own home, and there are activity books, drawing challenges, and coloring pages to keep children engaged. In addition, weekly A.C.E. Curriculum questions have youngsters solving tennis-themed math problems and exploring their creative writing side to nurture their imagination and love for learning.
To learn more about Net Generation and Tennis at Home or to sign up for the newsletter, visit https://netgeneration.usta.com/us-en/tennis-at-home.html.
Adult players who are missing out on lessons or classes at the USTA National Campus can visit https://www.usta.com/playathome, where they’ll be able to access a free library of video clips, tennis tips, downloadable activities created by the USTA’s adult and community tennis teams, tailored specifically for them. Much like the USTA’s youth counterpart, these resources give adult tennis players of all ages, abilities, and skill levels the opportunity to stay physically and mentally fit until it’s safe to get back on the courts.
Featuring insight from the USTA’s expert panel of tennis, strength and conditioning, and player development coaches, these at-home tips range from video demonstrations of the drills that can be done from the living room or the driveway to quick hits with the best nutrition advice and keeping other healthy habits. From Michael Harper, USTA manager for cardio tennis, to former professional players Luke Jensen and Kathy Rinaldi, each coach offers their unique insight on how to improve your tennis with what you have access to at home. And for players who are looking to keep their minds working in addition to their bodies, they can also access fun and games with a tennis twist, including word scrambles, crossword puzzles, and other similar downloadable activities.
Users can get the latest updates delivered to their inbox each Thursday by signing up for The Grip newsletter, which also features a peek into the U.S. Open vault. With the current suspension of the ATP and WTA professional tours, the USTA is revisiting classic encounters through the years in New York with full match replays. Each week, in addition to the above at-home activities, the newsletter will feature a link to a classic Open match from years gone by, which fans can have the opportunity to watch in full once more or for the first time. In addition, fans can visit the U.S. Open Facebook page every Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to view a live stream of a classic match.
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