USTA to further its commitment to youth tennis

August 24, 2013

FLUSHING, N.Y. — The USTA today announced a further commitment to its national efforts to grow youth participation and encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle. This new commitment, which was pledged to the Partnership for a Healthier America in support of Let’s Move!, was applauded by First Lady Michelle Obama during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, held today in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, a full day of tennis and musical entertainment on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, serves as the opening event of the US Open.

The USTA has committed to the following over a three-year period beginning in 2014:

The USTA’s drive to get more children active and more playing tennis has seen significant positive results. To date, the USTA has constructed or refurbished more than 10,000 youth-sized and regular-sized tennis courts in communities across the country. Thousands of facilities across the country now provide youth tennis programming. In 2012, tennis participation of six to 12 year olds grew by 13%, the largest percentage increase of any age group in the country.