| By USTA Eastern Section

Tennis is a simple game to start playing; all you need is a ball and a racket. This summer, the New York Sportimes of World TeamTennis and the USTA Eastern section are making it that much easier. The first 3,000 kids coming out to see John McEnroe and the Sportimes play at Randall's Island for their seven July home dates will get a free racquet, compliments of the Sportimes and the USTA .

"To start playing tennis, all children need is a wall, a racket and a ball. But equipment can get expensive. By putting racket in the hands of children, we hope to give them a chance to enjoy the sport that we love," said the USTA's Michelle Blake . Michelle should know, her brother is tennis star James Blake, who plays against the Sportimes for Boston on July 7.

For more details visit http://www.nysportimes.com.

USTA Eastern Section

<p><img width="100" height="52" align="left" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/u12/USTA_Eastern_Logo.jpg" />USTA Eastern is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. One of 17 geographic sections of the USTA, the governing body of tennis in the United States, USTA Eastern boasts over 48,000 members throughout all of New York, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.</p>