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Five Southern Tennis Athletes to Compete at U.S. Jr. Olympic Rapid Rally National Finals

July 24, 2008 01:40 PM

Five athletes from the USTA Southern Section ages 8-13 will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago, Ill. and vie for the opportunity to be crowned Rapid Rally champion July 26-27. Tennis is one of four sports included in the U.S. Jr. Olympic Skills competition of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

The USTA Rapid Rally Skills lets you compete against yourself and the clock to hit a low compression tennis ball against a wall (above the net line) and stand behind the rally line (15 feet from wall) as many times as possible in 30 seconds. Once the serve is hit, the clock begins and the player continues to rally the ball against the wall and above the net line.

The rapid rally tennis participants are broken down into boys and girls divisions with three different age groups. In the 8-9 year old boys’ division, Dylan Young, of Huntsville, Ala. will be hitting the court. The second rapid rally division will feature students. The boys’ 10-11 division will feature Vincent Rettke of Madison, Ala. and Erin Young of Huntsville, Ala. The girls’12-13 year-old division will include Abigail Muesse of Winder, Ga. and Katie Stanage of Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Overall seventy-two athletes ages 8-13 will compete in four fundamental sports -- basketball, soccer, tennis and track & field. The athletes competing in Chicago qualified to do so by winning their age and gender category at one of 150 regional events stemming from 7,500 local qualifying events across the country. They represent the event's top 72 young athletes across the country out of more than 1.7 million competitors.

Now in its third year, the U.S. Jr. Olympic Skills competition, with the help of sponsors Kellogg's Frosted Flakes ®, AT&T, World Sport Chicago, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), McDonald's and Nike, introduces America's youth to the excitement of a multi-sport competition, encouraging participation in Olympic sport, emphasizing fair and friendly play, and promoting an active lifestyle.




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