Raleigh Holds Second Successful “Tennis Block Party”

May 8, 2007 11:50 AM

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh was the place to be on Saturday, May 5th for their second “Tennis Block Party.” Millbrook’s staff and legion of event volunteers were excited to welcome over 150 players of all ages and abilities ready to enjoy a full day of fun games and prizes!

The Raleigh Block Party featured over a dozen community sponsors and racquet clubs and 15 courts of interactive games and activities. Each court was guided by a skilled teaching professional from a local club.

The most popular attractions included the Metaltek Ball Machine demonstration, the Omega Sports racquet demos, and the Dartfish video analysis court with radar gun. These activities highlighted a spirited day of fun and games with balloons, ice cream and popcorn to keep the adults and kids motivated.

"We are fortunate to again have had the opportunity to host a USTA Tennis Block Party in 2007 and are encouraged by the long term positive effects of introducing the sport of tennis to the residents of Raleigh.” said David Bell, Raleigh Parks and Recreation Tennis Director. “One Block Party participant starting playing tennis by participating in our first Block Party in 2006 and now plays 7 times a week and captains a 2.5 USTA Team. This type of success story encourages us to continue hosting this event."

This event was planned especially for May as it is recognized as National Tennis Month. The United States Tennis Association will host a series of “Tennis Block Parties” in public parks nationwide throughout the remainder of the month. Participants are given information on local programs in an effort to keep them playing.

At the end of the day, the prize court was emptied and the final exhibition match between local pros enticed those watching to get out on the courts and increase their own level of play!