The USTA has announced the launch of its "Create Your Own Tennis Court" contest, a photo contest seeking the most creative tennis court set-up. The contest encourages fan engagement by asking them to determine the winner by voting for their favorite finalist photo on the Web site, www.createyourowntenniscourt.com. The entrant who submits the winning photo will win a trip for four to New York City to attend the 2013 U.S. Open Tennis Championship.
The contest is aligned with the USTA’s youth initiative, 10 & Under Tennis, and its emphasis that tennis can be played anywhere—a driveway, a park, and even a beach. The 10 & Under Tennis format provides the opportunity to achieve immediate success by playing tennis using equipment sized for children.
“10 and Under Tennis with kid-sized equipment and courts takes tennis to a whole new level of fun and excitement for kids, allowing them to experience tennis on their terms,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive of Community Tennis. “The 'Create Your Own Tennis Court' contest is a fun way for young people to creatively showcase that tennis can be played almost anywhere.”
The contest, open to U.S. residents, 18 and older, consists of two phases. The first phase runs through July 8, during which the public will be able to submit a photo through the Web site www.createyourowntenniscourt.com. A panel of judges will select the top 10 photos and the finalists will be placed in a photo gallery on the Web site for the public to vote for their favorite.
The second phase will begin on July 17 and runs through Sep. 12 to determine the grand prize winner of the contest. Once finalists are announced, consumers will be asked to vote for their favorite photo from the top 10 selection. The entrant whose photo receives the most votes will be declared the winner and will be awarded the Grand Prize. In addition, every eligible fan who votes will be included in a weekly drawing for a chance to win a 2012 U.S. Open hat.