Pro Players Come To Town, Tennis Community Enjoys The Show On And Off The Court
The USTA’s US Open Series event, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, scorched through San Jose in a hot week, both on and off the courts. Our Membership booth was set up all week where spectators could stop for information about programming, get an autograph from an awesome player, test their serve’ speed or do some cool social media stunts.
In addition to the pro tennis, the tournament featured events run by USTA NorCal that brought Northern California tennis communities into the experience. To start the week, the USTA NorCal Diversity and inclusion Committee put on Kids Day with over 400 kids flaunting the softball field. Among the fun activities, players got to hit with some of the pro players, get their faces painted, test their serve, and practice their swing. On the second day of the tournament, USTA members got to pick up their member gift, take amazing selfies and get an autograph from local hero Kristie Anh. Finally, for the first time, spectators also got to take a swing (literally) at a piñata for prizes. Next, it was NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning) Day where kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley got to enjoy the San Jose State University courts. They got to do drills and play games, talk with Danielle Collins, and even went on the Stadium court for the coin toss.
Thursday was High School Day Powered by Net Generation, and once again, Kristie Anh was extremely generous with her time, sitting down to talk about her experience and answer questions from high school students. Last but not least, Friday was marked by a reception held at the San Jose Bar and Grill near campus, in honor of the LGBTQ community. People from the GLTF San Francisco and the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley enjoyed a dinner and drinks before heading to the night session!
It was another successful week at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, full of tennis, laughs and new experiences. We look forward to seeing everyone back next year for even more entertainment.