26 Feb 2014

USTA to attempt world record tennis lesson

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Judy Murray at the Worldwide Coaches Conference

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that, in conjunction with World Tennis Day on 3 March, it will launch thousands of Tennis Play Events nationwide throughout the month of March. To help raise excitement for the initiative and inspire youth, the USTA will attempt to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the ‘‘Largest Tennis Lesson.”

The event, which will be held on 2 March, will feature more than 250 children from local youth organisations in the New York area participating in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt at the USTA Billie Jean King Netional Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Great Britain's Fed Cup captain, Judy Murray, is joining the efforts to get kids excited about the sport and she will participate in the special presentation and on-court youth tennis demonstration with local New York City kids.

"I am excited to be part of the USTA's efforts to enrich the lives of young people," said Judy Murray. "Tennis is a fun way for parents to play with their children and encourage them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle."

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt coincides with the World Tennis Day celebrations at New York's Madison Square Garden, which will see reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray face former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, as well as a sibling doubles match-up between the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, and the McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick, in the BNP Paribas Showdown.

“World Tennis Day is a celebration of our sport and a great platform to bring attention to the importance of getting kids active and ensuring a positive first experience in the sport,” said Dave Haggerty, Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA. “These efforts are part of USTA’s long-standing commitment to increase access to the sport. If we reach children when they are young enough, they can learn to love physical activity and tennis for life.”