Junior Team Tennis
USTA Eastern | March 8, 2018
Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is a flagship junior program of the USTA that provides individual technical tennis skill and strategy development within a team-centered atmosphere. Facilitated by certified Net Generation coaches and volunteers, kids play with children of similar skill level and can also enjoy opportunities to play at higher levels as their skills develop and evolve. JTT is available for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18; co-ed teams are organized by age, and give junior players a chance to engage in match play in spirited and supportive team setting.
USTA Eastern JTT players enjoy tennis play opportunities filled with incredible, once-in- a-lifetime experiences. Here are the top moments from the past 12 months:
The USTA Metro Region hosted a JTT tournament on April 2, 2017 at MatchPoint NYC in Brooklyn, where the juniors were greeted by a special guest, former WTA No. ADVERTISEMENT 1 in the world, Dinara Safina. Safina mingled with the 10 & Under JTT players, making this team tournament that much more meaningful.
The USTA Metro JTT 10 and Under players participated in an intimate meeting and Q&A session with top American player, John Isner, during a tournament played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Through the section’s partnership with World TeamTennis and the NY Empire team, all JTT tournament players that day received a complimentary ticket to the July 16 NY Empire match against the Philadelphia Freedoms featuring Isner, and Sloane Stephens. Additionally, the winning JTT tournament team was rewarded with a chance to showcase the tennis skills and tenacity they developed during the JTT season on the colorful signature WTT stage, warming up the court for Isner, Stephens and other international tennis stars.
JTT team players from all over New York State and Northern New Jersey participated in on-court demonstrations at the 2017 US Open in conjunction with the launch of the USTA’s new youth brand, Net Generation. These Net Generation activations were featured at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, as well as on four stadium courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the first week of the American grand slam. JTT players showed off their tennis skills on the NTC’s largest competitive tennis stages, including the infamous Arthur Ashe Stadium, while enjoying behind-the-scenes interactions with the top players in the world.
This past Thanksgiving break, USTA Metro held its second annual Turkey Bowl round-robin event. Junior players who participated in the first Turkey Bowl tournament in 2016 relished encounters with two elite former Eastern juniors, Christina McHale and Louisa Chirico. Junior participation doubled for the 2017 Turkey Bowl tournament held at Cunningham Tennis Center and this year’s winning team received complimentary tickets to the inaugural New York Open on Long Island.
Metro JTT players warmed up the courts during the Power Shares Tennis Series that stopped at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y on January 7. USTA Eastern youth players were given the chance to join a clinic with skilled teaching pros – and also received free tickets to watch the legends, including James Blake, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier, take the court.
In February 2018, Long Island JTT players got to hit with some of the pros in the inaugural New York Open draw. Kids had a chance to hold rallies with many ATP World Tour players including New York Open doubles champions Max Mirnyi and Philip Oswald on the Stadium Court at NYCB Live – Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
After the 2018 JTT Metro season kick-off, six JTT players who emulated the best sportsmanship during the one-day tournament were rewarded with the chance to play on-court at the first U.S. Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden. This newly-formatted event took place on March 5, 2018, and featured female tennis sensations including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Marion Bartoli, Elina Svitolina, Coco Vandewege, Daniela Hantuchova, Sorana Cirstea and Shuai Zhang.
JTT is one of many junior programs that Eastern offers to inspire and grow youth tennis participation and provide accessible opportunities for all children with a desire to play our sport. For seasoned JTT players who evolve to crave more competitive team experiences, there are advanced JTT leagues that offer higher levels of competition at local, regional and national JTT championship tournaments.
Parents, the USTA is always looking for new coaches and organizers to start teams and the grow the Junior Team Tennis league . No tennis experience is required -- just a genuine passion for giving kids a rewarding sport experience! Contact Kristina Desimone, USTA Eastern Manager of Youth Programs, to learn more about the JTT program , find existing providers that offer JTT leagues or find out how easy it is to facilitate this unique team tennis experience in your community.