TAMPA (Jan. 9, 2017) –Fans and children from all over the Tampa Bay Community had the opportunity to learn from professionals, as well as Division I athletes Sunday, Jan. 8, as they attended the interactive USF Tennis Showcase.
Attendees received tips from top professionals including American tennis legend and IMG Academy founder Nick Bollettieri, as well as USF coaches and players from the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Over 100 Tampa Bay residents learned the exciting improvement plans for the USF tennis facilities, and all particpants had the opportunity to return a serve from top USF athletes among other exciting activities.
“It was so amazing to see the USF tennis programs connecting to people of all ages through tennis,” head women’s tennis coach Cristina Moros said. “I am very grateful to Nick Bollettieri for supporting our programs and helping make it such a terrific event.”
Head men’s tennis coach Ashley Fisher said he couldn’t have been happier with how the event unfolded.
"I was very proud of all the student athletes’ enthusiasm and passion in engaging with the Tampa Bay community and inspiring young children to play the sport we all love so much.” Fisher said. “We are looking forward to strengthening our bond with the USF athletics fan base and representing South Florida."
Participants had a unique opportunity to attend a doubles pro-am as well as a clinic with Bollettieri, USF coaches and players. Guests received signed posters, had the chance to win special prizes, participated in numerous activites and enjoyed food and a fun atmosphere.
"Our inaugural showcase was a huge success,” Moros said. “One of the goals of this program is to become more connected to the thriving Tampa tennis community. We had players of all ages meeting our team, playing tennis and just having a great time all around.”
The event was a fun way to kick of the spring season as both the men’s and women’s teams head into their first matches. Coach Fisher will head to Fort Meyers, Fla. for a preseason tournament Jan. 13-15 where the Bulls will face Louisville, Wisconsin and FGCU. Coach Moros will also be heading to Fort. Myers, Fla. where the USF women’s tennis team will face Florida Gulf Coast University Jan. 22.