The inaugural SCTA Tennis Jam kicked off
at El Dorado Tennis Center in Long Beach
USTA Southern California | November 19, 2018
The inaugural SCTA Tennis Jam kicked off at El Dorado Tennis Center in Long Beach on Veteran’s Day, welcoming more than 300 tennis enthusiasts for a full afternoon of activities that included demonstration courts featuring the biggest names in tennis, and a tribute to Long Beach veterans.
Touted as “a festival of tennis for all ages,” Tennis Jam was a hit for both children and adults alike. On four “Kids Zone” courts, youngsters engaged in everything from station-to-station drills to fun face painting, while adults played live ball and tried their best to “beat the pro” on the spotlight show court.
Min Xie, an SCTA Sectionals competitor who joined his two children at the event, was watching his son Allan, 6, playing doubles in the Kids Zone. “This has gotten him very motivated,” Min said, noting that his son was very shy when he first approached the court. ADVERTISEMENT “Now he won’t stop playing.”
Ten-year old Miles, a fifth grader from Carson, is new to tennis and plays in an after school program one day a week. At Tennis Jam, Miles took some big swings under the watchful eye of his father, Michael. “Normally, he’d be ready to go in and play video games,” Michael said of his son, who benefits from the constant action and engagement that comes with tennis. “But he’s still out here, no lunch or anything!”
\While many participants registered for Tennis Jam based on advertising and word of mouth, some guests simply stumbled upon the event. Seven-year old Justice – an admitted ballplayer whose swing resembled Mike Trout more than Roger Federer – and his sister Glory, both of Long Beach, were visiting a nearby library when they came upon the festival of tennis at El Dorado.