Combination of beach volleyball, badminton and tennis is just one of the interactive activities the New York Tennis Expo will offer on February 9 at the Nassau Coliseum of NYCB Live in Uniondale.
The free event, which runs from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, caters to adults and children and launches the week-long New York Open Men’s Tournament. “If you’re a 6-year-old or a 66-year-old, you have something to do,” says Brian Coleman, editor-in-chief of Wantagh, United Sports Publications, a magazine publisher hosting the Expo with GF Sports, owner and operator of the New York Open the Association of Touring Professional.
This is the sixth exhibition, and the second year in a row, that it took place at NYCB Live, the home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Organizers say they expect more than 4,000 visitors. Here’s more about beach tennis and half a dozen ways to enjoy the day:
Four college tennis programs on Long Island will offer clinics for all ages and abilities. They are occasionally accompanied by Luke Jensen, a former Grand Slam double champion and racquet sports director at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, and guest trainer Nick Bollettieri, who has worked with Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.
“It’s a great way to play with some of the top players,” says Coleman. The New York Institute of Technology is scheduled for 10: 30-11: 45. Farmingdale State is open from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm;
The Adelphi University hosts from 1 to 2:15 pm. and Nassau Community College closes the day from 2:15 to 3:00 pm. During the fair some clubs are available, the organizers recommend to bring their own. A pre-registration is not required.
Attendees can take photos with and sign autographs with ATP players, including Andy Roddick, a former No. 1 World Ranking Player who won the 2003 US Open Individual Title. In two speaker sessions, panelists will discuss topics such as winning college scholarships to take your game to the next level.
The first will be at 11:30 am under the direction of Bollettieri and an ATP player. the second will be at 14:30. and be from Jensen and an ATP player in the headline. Viewers can ask questions. To enter, sign up and receive an entry wristband at the Expo Registrar. “Each session can hold 150 people,” says David Sickmen, publisher of United Sports Publications. The Long Island High School tennis players will showcase some of the latest tennis apparel during a fashion show from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
In the children’s area there is a mini-tennis court for 10 and under, a bounce house, face painting and balloon animals. Children can take pictures with the mascots Dale the Eagle from the Long Island Nets and Hudson from the New York Empire and a princess. The organizers, in turn, recommend that children bring their own clubs.
Here the participants can play beach tennis. “Beach tennis is played on a clay court,” says Sickmen. No tennis racket is used. “It’s a paddle. You can not let the ball hit the ground. It’s all volley. “The game follows the tennis rules. There is also a speed service booth where players can measure their serving speed. A live band and a DJ provide musical entertainment. A Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course – the only one offered for a fee – tests fitness, climbing and jumping for $ 20. Ninja contenders join the event.
More than 70 exhibitors, both tennis and non-tennis orientated exhibitors, present companies and services, including tennis clubs, academies and camps, sports doctors and travel destinations. Many offer games and raffle prizes.
The Ceremony for the New York Open Ceremony will be held at 12:30. The participants have the opportunity to participate. For example, last year, the names of the players were put in a basket and children from the audience selected them, says Sickmen.