Kids from the Midtown Athletic Club went to the 2018 U.S. Open this year and got a rare opportunity not many people get a chance to experience.
Aiden, Isabella and Sabri say they’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime. “I was kind of starting to cry because I was so happy,” said Isabella Perkins.
Aiden Perkins adds, “It was great!”
Sabri Tozin told us, “I really liked it. It was fun.”
As part of the Midtown Athletic Club’s “Kids on Court” program, they had the chance to play tennis in the new Louis Armstrong Stadium and on the iconic courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Kids at the Midtown Athletic Club, like Sabri, had the opportunity to use the skills they’ve learned here, at the U.S. Open.
Sabri said, “The thing I liked about it the most is that I could see them there practicing and other people practicing and it was the best thing of my life.”
His coach, Laramie Gavin, joined Sabri and the rest of the group comprised of 24 kids on the trip. He says it allowed them to experience a moment not everyone gets a chance to.
He said, “I hope from this experience kids come back and see that competitive tennis is awesome. The highest level the players are doing their best, but it’s also about sportsmanship. The players are having a good time — sure they’re out there on the court but they’re having a great time too.”
The opportunity was made possible by the USTA’S “Net Generation” program, giving kids from across the country the chance to play on the courts of Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.