A few weeks before the U.S. Open tennis tournament dazzles fans from around the world, employees from the USTA will set up youth tennis courts within Corona Plaza and give free, top-notch tennis instruction to youngsters aged 10 and under.

Tenis exhibition Corona

The kick-off for the ongoing “Fridays Under the Seven” healthy living series, the events will take place on August 8 from 10:30 am to noon and 4 pm to 6 pm and then again on August 15 from 10 am to noon. Activities will include a lesson on basic skills and terminology; a cooperative ball-and-racquet exchange; agility, balance and coordination skill development, and information on long term athletic development.

Children are learning to play faster than ever before through USTA’s youth initiative, which is geared toward getting more youngsters to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to their size and ability. The USTA will set up two youth tennis courts (roughly 36 feet in length and 18 feet wide) in the public square, which is located in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 103rd Street, and a special tape will be positioned to provide action spaces. Youngsters will use loaned racquets and foam balls, and USTA employees will provide a portable tent and table with giveaways, literature, and information on low-cost activities and programs available at its Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

To read about the benefits of playing tennis, please click here.

Other activities will include Zumba, children’s games, free dance instruction by local studio EC Squared, a farmers market, and a traditional dance presentation by the Ecuadorian Consulate General. Next week’s Friday Under the Seven activities will feature healthy eating demonstrations, a merchant showcase, health screenings and back-to-school discounts.

There will be a photo opportunity with elected officials, USTA representatives, local civic leaders and employees of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, Queens Tourism Council and Corona Plaza. The information follows:

WHAT:             Fridays Under the Seven Introduction to Ten and Under Tennis

WHERE:            Corona Plaza, vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 103rd Street

WHEN:             Friday, August 8, 10:15 am (more or less)

INVITEES:             Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Council Member Julissa Ferreras

Assemblyman Francisco Moya

State Senator Jose Peralta

QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte

USTA Director of Tennis Whitney Kraft

82nd Street Partnership Executive Director Seth Taylor