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USTA Georgia Block Party Kicks Off Tennis Month

May 1, 2007 09:56 AM
Tennis great Tracy Austin helped kick off Tennis Month in the Southern Section with an Atlanta Cardio Tennis Tour. The two-time U.S. Open Champion made an appearance at the PGA Superstore in Duluth and Buckhead on Sunday before heading to the Midtown Tennis at Windy Hill for another round of heart-pumping tennis drills. The USTA Georgia Tennis Block Party hosted at Emory University was the final stop on the tour and attracted members of the Atlanta media, local CTA members, GPTA teaching pros and a variety of sponsors.

A Cardio Tennis Session with special guest Tracy Austin directed by Michelle Krause of the TIA kicked off the morning. WXIA Sports Anchor and USTA Media Excellence Award Winner, Sam Crenshaw, was on site to hit balls and burn calories with Tracy Austin. Fellow WXIA reporter and tennis enthusiasts, Karyn Greer and Ted Hall jumped into the action along with the Weather Channel's Mark Mancuso and WAGA Reporters Art Franklin and Karen Graham. Former Atlanta Falcon's standout, Chris Draft, proved that his athleticism translated to the tennis court as he showed off his smooth strokes and quick hands during the Cardio session.

"I truly believe that Cardio Tennis is one of the best workouts for any level of tennis player, " said Tracy Austin. "When I get the chance to participate in Cardio Tennis events with the media and tennis community such as I did at USTA Georgia's Cardio Tennis Block Party at Emory University, I always hear how much they really enjoyed the workout. They have a new understanding of how working hard and burning calories can be fun."

The round robin Team Challenge was held after the Cardio Session and members from CTA's, media outlets, GPTA tennis pros and USTA staff mingled to form six teams for the Second Annual Networking Tennis Challenge with Tracy Austin. With the World Team Tennis format, team members could sub in for one another giving players a chance to meet and greet other participants.

"The Tennis Block Party hosted by USTA Georgia was an excellent way to kick off Tennis Month in the Southern Section," said USTA Southern Section Executive Director, John Callen. "The event gets better every year and is influential in creating awareness about the benefits of our sport."

The community support from local businesses enhanced the afternoon of tennis as participants walked away with backpacks full of loot donated from sponsors such as Wilson, Fila, Kia Motors, Emory University, The Tennis Channel, Starbucks Coffee, PGA Superstore, Parisian, High Tech Tennis, USTA Southern and Russell Athletics. Reynolds Plantation located on Lake Oconee in Georgia raffled off three weekend getaways to the exclusive resort. The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort also donated three weekend getaways to the USTA Georgia Block Party. Tracy Austin had the honor of pulling the names of the three grand prize winners who won two tickets to the US Open along with two business class airline tickets on AirTran.

“The goal of this year’s Block Party was to bring members of the Atlanta media, USTA volunteers and teaching pros together to experience Tracy Austin’s Cardio Tennis clinic as well as network and play in a social team tennis challenge,” said Paige Miller Director of Marketing for USTA Georgia. “I saw plenty of ground strokes and business cards being exchanged throughout the event. It truly is a great way to grow the game of tennis!”




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