Citiparks and the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club (FPCCTC) are pleased to jointly announce the 2011 Season Court Opening Event and Volunteer Awards on Friday, April 29, from 5 p.m. until dusk. (Rain date is Saturday, April 30.)In celebration of the upcoming 2011 tennis season at Frick Park, the public is invited to attend this annual event, which will feature music and free tennis clinics. Tennis instructors from sponsoring tennis facilities in and around Pittsburgh will conduct tennis clinics for player of all ages and abilities. Children's racquets will be provided.
"Last year the Frick Park Red Clay Courts were named one of the 12 GREATEST PLACES TO PLAY ON RED CLAY by Active.com," according to Jose Mieres, FPCCTC co-founder and president. "There's truly something special about these courts, and we're inviting every tennis enthusiast in the region to experience the Frick Park Red Clay Courts. The kick-off celebration continues to grow in popularity each year, and it features clinics sponsored by Citiparks and tennis facilities and clubs around Pittsburgh. Our goal is also to showcase, help grow and promote all the tennis programs offered in this area. Nearly 200 players and spectators joined us last spring, and we're planning for an even larger turnout for this year's party and awards ceremony."
According to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, "The red clay tennis courts at Frick Park have a rich history. It is certainly one of the City's great assets, and we're pleased to collaborate with the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club to ensure the future of this unique facility."
In May, the club will begin its schedule of summer leagues and clinics at the clay courts in Frick Park. Free beginner adult and children quickstart clinics will take place on Sundays from noon - 1 p.m. June through September.
Highlights of the 2011 season calendar will include:
4th ANNUAL FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CELEBRATION – This Block Party is free and open to the public. Wood racquets will be provided for players to celebrate the outstanding tradition of tennis at Frick Park, which has hosted tennis events since these clay courts were inaugurated in 1930. The festivities will include exhibition matches, free clinics games and prizes for adults and children of all ages and playing levels. The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, June 5, at 1 p.m.)
3rd ANNUAL FRICK PARK RED CLAY JUNIOR OPEN – This popular tournament is the first USTA-sanctioned competition to be organized by FPCCTC – and it is the only USTA-sanctioned junior tournament in western Pennsylvania to be held on red clay courts. The Junior open features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls 16 years of age and under. The Junior Open will take place June 19 – July 3, 2011.
PAUL G. SULLIVAN CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS – Citiparks and FPCCTC will present this well-known tournament for adults 16 and older. This event, formerly the Pittsburgh Park Championships, is named for the late Paul Sullivan, a Duquesne University graduate and tennis coach who directed it from 1930 to 2001. This annual classic – now in its 91st year – will take place July 12 - 24, 2011.
For more information about tennis activities taking place at Frick Park, and to participate as a player or supporter, please contact the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club by visiting its website at www.clayfricktennis.org
ABOUT THE FRICK PARK CLAY COURT TENNIS CLUB
The Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club, founded by volunteer tennis enthusiasts in 2007, is dedicated to restoring, maintaining and improving the condition of the historic Frick Park red clay tennis courts. The 250-player member organization has collaborated with the City of Pittsburgh to ensure the future of this unique facility. Membership is open to players of all skill levels as well as to non-player supporters.
FPCCTC was recognized as the 2007 Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA Allegheny Mountain District, and the FPCCTC co-founder and president, Jose Mieres, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the USTA Middle States, a tennis organization that spans four states.