May 22nd, 2015

Viera ‘Masters Tennis’ Social Kicks Off Weekly Short-court Programming at Heritage Isle

Masters Tennis

Forty-nine players, most experiencing the fun short-court tennis option for the first time, took part in a Masters Tennis Social event on May 16, 2015 at Heritage Isle in Viera, Fla.

“As a long-time player and PTR-certified instructor, I saw the merit of Masters Tennis when the idea was introduced by USTA Florida 18 months ago,” said Viera-area organizer Barbara Wong. “With joint issues and a rotator cuff injury, Masters Tennis allowed me to continue playing and teaching tennis without worsening my injuries. I am having fun, I get my cardio, and am not over-stressing my body.”

The event was a kick-off for weekly Masters Tennis play and programming at Heritage Isle. The Masters Tennis program at Heritage Isle includes weekly Open Play, in addition to a coaching clinic for all players including beginners.

The Masters Tennis format is played inside a 60-foot-lined court (within a regulation-size 78-foot court), using slightly slower and lower-bouncing “orange balls” that are not as difficult to get to. Easier on shoulders, elbows and wrists, Masters Tennis is bringing former players back to the game and introducing new players with the easy-to-learn yet competitive format.

The event, overseen by Wong and USTA Florida staff, featured free food, beverages, raffle prizes and on-court play.

“The Masters Tennis Social at Heritage Isle was a fantastic event,” said USTA Florida Director of Marketing, Membership & Communications Laura Bowen. “I love seeing so many new players coming out to try Masters Tennis, and we had at least 10 others, including several pickleballers, come over to watch. Everyone had a fantastic time.”

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