NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 9, 2018 – Reigning Roland Garros Junior champion and rising WTA star Whitney Osuigwe took part in a USTA kids’ clinic for 425 New Haven Third Graders at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale as the tournament hosted its community-focused “Free Tennis Lesson” for the 15th time this morning.
The introductory clinic is an integral part of the Connecticut Open’s mission to leverage the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the community and support local youth causes. Staged in conjunction with the USTA, USTA New England and New Haven Public Schools, the Net Generation Free Tennis Lesson aims to promote the sport and encourage New Haven youth into tennis lessons offered by New Haven Parks & Recreation throughout the spring, summer and fall.
The clinic was attended by Toni Harp, Mayor of the City of New Haven, Dr. Carol Birks, Superintendent, New Haven Public Schools, Tournament Director Anne Worcester and Osuigwe, who will receive a wild card into the Connecticut Open qualifying draw and recently reached the quarterfinals of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Charleston, S.C.
Osuigwe said: “I was honored to be asked to attend the Net Generation Free Tennis Lesson today. Encouraging children to learn and grow through the sport of tennis and to see them being given the opportunities I was is really important to me. I loved seeing the smiles on their faces today and I hope many of them choose to keep playing. I want to thank the Connecticut Open for giving me this wild card opportunity and I can’t wait to be back here this summer.”
There are exactly 100 days to go until the 2018 Connecticut Open, held from August 17-25, begins. Tournament Director Worcester added: “Giving back to the community is at the heart of what we do and we were delighted that Whitney was able to take part in our 15th Free Tennis Lesson. With our strong emphasis on community, we also like to support the future generations and Whitney is one of the most exciting talents this country has produced in recent years.100 days out from our 2018 event, we have lots of exciting news in the pipeline and are working to make this summer’s tournament one of the ‘can’t miss’ events on your summer calendar.”
Net Generation is the new youth initiative of the USTA, which aims to inspire the next generation of tennis players by embracing all aspects of youth play for kids aged 5-18. The USTA has a longstanding commitment to encouraging healthy and active lifestyles among children.
For more information about the 2018 Connecticut Open, which takes place from August 17-25, including multi-session packages, weeklong box seats, sponsorship packages, hospitality and becoming a volunteer, visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331. Daily tickets for the tournament will be on sale starting the week of June 11.