The tournament is a fundraiser to support CityParks Tennis, a nonprofit organization that brings free tennis lessons and activities to children in 40 parks across the city.
"This is a fun new opportunity for adult players in our parks to get together for a friendly competition representing their own neighborhoods and boroughs," said Mike Silverman, director of Sports for City Parks Foundation. "We hope this will grow into an annual event that helps support CPF's free youth tennis instruction provided to over 7,000 players each year."
Anyone tennis players 19 years old or older who are interested are encouraged to register for the tournament at the USTA website. Participants can register either as teams or individuals, and select their playing level and borough to represent.
The fee is $20 per person, with all funds going to the CityParks Tennis foundation.
The first round of the tournament begins on May 11, with matches in each borough but Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s “Borough Battle” will occur on June 1 in Prospect Park.
The first round will whittle down the field to a few winners that will go on to play in the finals. At the finals, teams representing their own borough will battle each other out to see which borough truly has the best tennis skills.
The finals will be held on June 15 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
“We are so excited about the Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge,” said Jenny Schnitzer, assistant executive director of USTA Eastern. “The event will showcase some of the best adult tennis players in New York City’s parks, and help create opportunities for children of all ages to learn the sport of a lifetime.”