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"Rock and Rally" returns

| Tuesday, June 4, 2002

The United States Tennis Association and the Citiparks Tennis Academy is inviting the entire Pittsburgh tennis community to the second USA Tennis “Rock and Rally” of 2002, presented by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Tennis Association on June 15.

Local tennis professionals will present a day-long celebration of community tennis with fun-filled activities for everyone including the USA Tennis Skills Challenge, USA Tennis Free-for-All free tennis lessons and various competitive opportunities for players of all levels of ability.

The USA Tennis “Rock and Rally” begins at 10 a.m. with free tennis lessons for children, adults, families and seniors. The free lessons for new and returning players are clinics that are designed to introduce everyone to the fun, fitness and the social benefits of tennis.

Loaner racquets are available.

Competition for all levels of ability begins at 1 p.m. with various events including a fast and slow serve contest. Prizes will be awarded.

The USA Tennis Information Center will have information available for sites offering the USA Tennis 1-2-3 program, low-cost introductory lessons designed to teach new players basic skills quickly in a group environment. The USA Team Tennis program offers kids and adults the opportunity to play organized matches in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

“We are pleased to be part of this ambitious USA Tennis community initiative," said Bette Salmon, USTA/Middles States section Executive Vice-President. "Our goal is to attract new players to the courts through the USA Tennis 1-2-3 program and show them how much fun the sport can be, and encourage them to stay involved with the sport through the USA Team Tennis programs.”

The USA Tennis “Rock and Rally” will be held at the Schenley Park Tennis Center in Squirrel Hill. To make a reservation for the free lessons and the competitive events, please call (412) 244-4188.

CHALLENGE LADDER

John Valentich has launched the Pittsburgh Tennis Challenge Ladder. The unique Web-based format allows players to make their matches and plot their progress on the internet. Players are registered by skill level. For more information, go to: http://users.telerama.com/~johnv/tennis/11.htm.

JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

The Greentree Racquet Club will play host to the Greentree Summer Classic from June 13-16. Matches will be held indoors on Boltex carpet courts. Entries for the USTA/MS/AMD sanctioned tennis tournament and information is available at (412) 922-1818.

TENNIS PATRONS FOUNDATION

The Tennis Patrons Foundation of greater Pittsburgh will play host to its Junior Tennis Championships from June 24-28. Matches will be at Carnegie Mellon. This outdoor, hard-court tennis tournament is sanctioned by the USTA/MS/AMD for District ranking with a full consolation held at the Schenley Park Tennis Center. Entries close June 14 and information is available from the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Tennis Association at 1-800-USTA-576.

Jim Rudolph's Tennis2Day notebook appears Tuesdays in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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