Get to Know
Meet Amaliia Elizarova! She serves as a Net Set Influencer and Net Generation Ambassador. Hailing from Chicago, Elizarova works hard every day to set an example for other kids her age to demonstrate the benefits of tennis. Elizarova is originally from Kazan, Russia and has spent the past few years spreading her love of tennis throughout the Midwest with the help of her mother, Luba, and the rest of the family. Learn more about Elizarova below!
Q: How did you get involved with tennis?
AE: I started playing tennis in Russia when I was four years old. My dad signed up me and my sister for tennis lessons. Two and a half years ago my family received green cards, and we moved to the United States. Here, I was really impressed when I saw a lot of free tennis courts. My mother started to do tennis drills with us every day before school. In December 2018, I became a part of the Green Ball Junior Tennis Team in Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT
Q: What is your favorite part about the game?
AE: My favorite part of the game is overhead, because I can hit very hard and get the player not to hit the ball.
Q: How did you get involved in Net Generation?
AE: My mother wanted to find more information about tennis in the United States, and Net Generation became our main source about tennis. We could find tennis coaches, tennis lessons and a lot of activities for our everyday routine.
Q: Why do you think Net Generation is important for future tennis players?
AE: I think Net Generation is important for future tennis players because Net Generation can help improve any age tennis player. With their educational resources, you can start learning tennis by yourself.
Q: What is the best part about being a Net Set/ Net Gen influencer?
AE: The best part of being a Net Set influencer is that you get to organize fun events for kids and get them involved. With this title, it is easier to spread the word about tennis.
Q: What specifically do you get to do to promote tennis?
AE: We have already made an event "Decorate Tennis Balls" in Lincoln Park Library and at Garfield Park. We will organize three Kids Tennis Days in Chicago and one in the suburbs. Kids Tennis Day is an event that will have different stations: decorating tennis balls, a tennis clinic, games, and activities, and we will read a book about famous tennis players.
Q: For Mom: why do you think tennis is a good sport for kids to be involved with?
LE: Tennis is a good sport for kids to be involved in because it helps to improve agility, coordination, bone strength, flexibility, and decision-making. With tennis, kids become more organized and make their own decisions, especially when you are playing singles. Tennis is great for strategic thinking. And last but not least, tennis is a lifetime sport.