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US Open Tennis In The Ballpark Held In Greensboro

September 14, 2009 04:41 PM

USTA North Carolina and WFMY News 2 proudly presented the US Open Tennis in the Ballpark event in downtown Greensboro Saturday, Sept. 12. The free event was held at NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team, and was the first event of its kind in North Carolina and drew in nearly 1,000 tennis fans and enthusiasts. Gates opened at 6 p.m. for an on-the-field tennis carnival which provided fun for the whole family!

The on-field activities included: a 22’ inflatable slide, double-shot basketball, wax hands, face painting, fast serve, cornhole, and an exhibition grass court! Also on the field were QuickStart short courts, allowing kids and adults to play on grass and clay courts. A special "Dunk the Pro" contest helped raise nearly $400 to go towards local junior tennis programs. Fans were able to dunk their favorite tennis teaching professionals from local clubs and facilities. Fabulous door prizes were given at the end of the night and Kellie Gallerani walked away with the Grand Prize, a trip to the 2010 US Open.

Beautiful weather in Greensboro kept spirits high, but couldn’t keep the rain from falling in Flushing Meadows, site of the 2009 US Open. Plans were to have tennis fans throw down a blanket in the outfield to watch the Women’s semi-final match between Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams. Unfortunately, inclement weather prevented match play from being held at its scheduled TV time slot, but that didn’t stop the crowd from having a great time on the field with all of the games and activities.

 

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