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      Tennis Upstate

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to regional competitions to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open, which is played annually in New York City.

The USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support a single mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 680,000 individual members and more than 7,000 organization members, thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.


             USTA Northeastern Region  

USTA League Tennis is the country's largest recreational tennis league, providing organized, structured team matches for men and women of all ability levels.  Teams are organized based on skill level and rules are standardized for all matches.  The winners of regular season play advance to Section finals, then Regional finals, and finally to the National Championship.  At that tournament, the New York team plays the top teams in its category to hopes to take the National Championship back to New York



Tennis is played year-round throughout New York State..  Multiple loctions offer both indoor and outdoor courts for men, women and children of all skill levels.The U.S.Tennis Association (USTA) organizes leagues, along with individual tennis facilities.  New York is part of the USTA;s Eastern  Division and its teams compete locally, regionally and nationally.               

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                                                                                             Tennis  Basics

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to hit (return) the ball back to the opponent on the opposite side of the net. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users.

The rules of modern tennis have changed little since the 1890s.  One exception was the adoption of the tiebreak in the 1970s. A recent addition to professional tennis has been the adoption of electronic review technology coupled with a point-challenge system, which allows a player to contest the line call of a point utilizing an electronic technology known as Hawk-Eye.

Tennis is played by millions of recreational players and is a popular worldwide spectator sport. The four Grand Slam tournaments (also referred to as the Majors) are especially popular: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, and the US Open also played on hard courts.  The US Open is played annually in New York City.