1st Annual New York Open in Forest Hills
by Andrew Shilling
Feb 23, 2013 | 1565 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has been some 30 years since the West Side Tennis Club has seen USTA tennis tournaments like the US Open, however on the newly announced birthday of the sport the club is once again back in the forefront of the game in New York.

This summer, on the club’s 100th anniversary of moving to Forest Hills, Tennis in New York, Inc. (TNY) announced the 1st Annual New York Open at Forest Hills will be played at the club this year from July 4-7.

Dale G. Caldwell, former director at large for the USTA, released the information about the event on February 23, a day he proclaimed the official birthday of tennis in honor of Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, the founder of lawn tennis and the first to receive a patent for the game in 1874.

“We are convinced that the New York Open at Forest Hills will become one of the iconic sporting events in New York City,” Caldwell said. “It is designed to be a fun, family-friendly event celebrating the tennis championships of New York City at historic Forest Hills on America’s birthday, the Fourth of July.”

The tournament, sponsored by TNY, will consist of Men’s and Women’s Open Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

“Our mission is to promote tennis and preserve its history in New York City,” said Mark McIntyre, vice president of TNY. “To that end, we created this tournament at historic Forest Hills to promote the game by getting people excited about tennis at the beginning of the summer, as they are during the phenomenal US Open which ends after Labor Day.”

Currently, Caldwell says there efforts to build a website to further promote tennis in the city and revitalize the sport.

“We want every tennis court in New York to be filled with players, spectators and fans,” Caldwell said. “Tennis is one of the most popular sports in NYC and people love it.”
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