| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

One-on-One Doubles Tennis, the half-court serve-and-volley singles game played cross-court including the alley returned the New York City as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center hosted The Innovations Tennis Challenge, a USTA National Category III tournament.

“I just love the game, and think the serve and volley in tennis certainly should be revisited even at the highest level of the game. It’s the greatest youth development game for sure, because you are becoming a better singles and doubles player simultaneously,” said National Tennis Center Director Whitney Kraft. “I find that the points are very interesting because you have to play through a player, so you see topspin lobs, drop shots and half volleys and chasing down lobs that you don’t get as frequently in the traditional game.”

The event featured three playing divisions: Men’s 35 and Over, Men’s 45 and Over and Men’s 55 and Over. In addition to the one-on-one doubles tournament, there were many other racquet sports being played including POP Tennis and ping pong.

POP Tennis is a sport that can everyone can play immediately and is a great family activity. Anyone can grab a racket and play, and it is one of the many racket sports played at the Innovations Tennis Challenge.

The National Tennis Center will be hosting the New York Pro Open, one of the stops on the POP Tennis Pro Series Tour, from July 29-30.     

"It was a real thrilling time to have the National Tennis Center host our ONE-ON-ONE DOUBLES National Tourney! A big Thank you to Whitney Kraft and his great team for adding the party with the live rockin’ blues band,” said Ed Krass, One-on-One Doubles Founder. “The atmosphere was truly electric! We are fired up for our June 2-3 events in Eastchester!”

As with all the One-on-One Doubles events, there was catered food, an open bar and live music.

“The one on one doubles tournament was a perfect combination of tennis and music. So much fun!,” said Rob Polishook, who played in the event. “It's a must for all players that want to improve their all court game.”

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