| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA has announced that more than 700 tennis facilities, recreation departments and community centers across the country will host the first-ever national youth registration initiative for all spring and summer tennis programs on Monday, March 2. The launch is part of the “Tennis Night in America” celebration, and will also feature demonstrations for kids and parents. “Tennis Night in America” also includes the winner-take-all BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

National Youth Registration Night events serve as “opening day” for parents to sign up their kids for league and team tennis play, including USTA Jr. Team Tennis. Facilities and clubs across the country, in cooperation with HBO, will also be offering live viewing parties for the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup to complement the kick-off of the 2009 tennis season.
“Tennis Night in America is a great opportunity to bring together the best of the pro game with our grassroots efforts,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive of community tennis for the USTA. “We have made a commitment to make tennis more accessible to all through our various programming and initiatives. This year, and the years ahead, Tennis Night in America promises to be an important component in our efforts to grow the game.”
 
For more information, visit www.tennisnight.com.