US Tennis association & Andy Roddick announce completion of kid's tennis court

MUMBAI: United States Tennis Association (USTA) and U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick along with Horseshoe bay resort has announced the completion of the Andy Roddick USTA Kid‘s Courts at Horseshoe Bay Resort. The tennis court is specifically designed for children up to 10 years in the United States.

The arrival of the customized tennis courts at Horseshoe Bay Resort marks the national debut of the USTA- designed pilot program is known as Project 36/60.

Named for the length in feet of the courts, USTA‘s Project 36/60 focuses on scaling tennis down to the size and abilities of young players. The program is based on six key specifications: court size, net height, ball speed and weight, request size and scoring. A 36-foot court is used by children ages eight and under and the 60-foot courts are for children ages 10 and under.

The program which is a collaborative effort between the USTA Player Development and Community Tennis departments, Tennis Industry Association, US Professional Tennis Association, the Professional Tennis Registry as well as tennis equipment manufacturers. It aims to increase the number of beginning tennis players, raise the retention, and to improve the technical, tactical and physical development of athletes between the ages of five and ten.

USTA director community development Virgil H. Christian Jr. said, "It has been a pleasure to work with the folks at Horseshoe Bay Resort and with Director of Tennis Michelle Stallard. The USTA is proud to have assisted with the design and construction of the first permanent 60-foot courts in the country. It is with great pleasure they are here at the exquisite Horseshoe Bay Resort."

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