05 Mar 2014

USTA sets world record for largest tennis lesson

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Photo: USTAGuinness World Records presentation at Madison Square Garden

The USTA has set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the ‘‘Largest Tennis Lesson” in celebration of World Tennis Day and the thousands of USTA Tennis Play Events in March. The historic occasion was held on Sunday 2 March at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, home of the US Open, and featured 406 children from local youth organizations in the New York area. Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray and British Fed Cup captain, was present at the event to inspire kids and families to get excited about the sport.

The USTA will launch thousands of Tennis Play Events nationwide throughout the month of March. These events are designed to encourage families and children of all ages and skill levels to try tennis.

“Today was a fantastic event and I am delighted to be a part of it,” said Judy Murray. “Anything with getting children involved by playing tennis is great. Tennis is a sport for life – it is a sport you can play with your family and friends, as well as being active.

“It was a special way to kick-off the thousands of USTA Play Events through the country in March, as well as being part of a record-setting event,” said Dave Haggerty, Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA. “Your first experience is very important and these events are an opportunity to get involved in the sport.”

The Guinness World Records “Largest Tennis Lesson” was held in conjunction with World Tennis Day. The USTA held a special presentation, recognizing the World’s Largest Tennis Lesson prior to the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on 3rd March, which featured Andy Murray facing Novak Djokovic, and sibling doubles matchup between the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, and the McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick in the BNP Paribas Showdown.