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Ribbon Cutting at Caesar Rodney Courts

Ribbon Cutting at Caesar Rodney Courts

DOVER, DE.  Officials and students from the Caesar Rodney School District and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) cut the ribbon on the newly renovated tennis courts at the Caesar Rodney High School on Friday, January 17. The newly renovated courts expanded the previous courts from seven to eight and included the addition of "blended lines" which allow for younger children to play 10 and Under Tennis which is the USTA’s format for introducing tennis to beginning tennis players under the age of 10. Renovation of the courts was completed by the Caesar Rodney School District with financial assistance from the USTA Facilities Grant program.


Restoration of the seven courts and the addition of an eighth court at Caesar Rodney High School is a huge boost to the Delaware tennis community given the school’s outstanding facilities and strategic location,” said Pete Rigby, USTA Delaware District Board Member. “From the USTA’s perspective, the court restoration project demonstrats the school’s support for tennis not only for their students but also for the community via access to the facilities for USTA sponsored adult and junior programs, and especially for the ‘10 and Under Tennis’ with blended lines. The Delaware District is delighted to have had an opportunity to participate through facilities grants from both the USTA National and the Middle States Section.


BACKGROUND: The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a national organization dedicated to promote and develop the growth of tennis as a sport for a lifetime through its seventeen sections and multiple districts. At the grass roots level, the USTA does this through targeted instructional, play and tournament programs for juniors, leagues and tournaments for adults, and facilities assistance grants. The Delaware District has historically been very active with programs and more recently with facilities assistance grants. Adult programs, especially league play, have been very successful over many years. In recent years, the USTA has initiated programs to engage younger players with “10 and Under Tennis”. This program  utilizes blended lines for smaller defined courts, smaller racquets , foam and transition balls and  lower nets that make it easy for young beginning players to rally, play and have fun with the game from the start. The future of American tennis lies with the ability to successfully appeal to younger players and to sustain their progress and enthusiasm.