| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

During the next couple months, the USTA will invite families and kids of all ages and skill levels to try tennis at local events and facilities across the country—encouraging kids to get on the court and into the game.

Studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports is vital to combating physical inactivity and creating a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. More than 1,000 facilities nationwide will host USTA Tennis Play Events this March, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport. These events will allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

“USTA Tennis Play Events provide an opportunity to engage children in a fun environment, as well as inspiring them to love physical activity and sports for life,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive, Community Tennis. “These efforts are part of USTA’s strong commitment to making it easier for kids to get into the game."

World Tennis Day on March 3 serves as a kick-off to the Play Events. It is a celebration of tennis around the world that includes professional tennis matches in New York City, Hong Kong and London. The World Tennis Day celebration in New York’s Madison Square Garden will feature Novak Djokovic squaring off against Andy Murray, and Bob & Mike Bryan taking on John & Patrick McEnroe.