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CTA's at the 2010 US Open: Oshkosh Tennis Association - Oshkosh, WI

October 2, 2010 10:35 AM
The Oshkosh North Tennis Team are all smiles by the South Gate
The Oshkosh North Tennis Team are all smiles by the South Gate.© Bill Van Lieshout
 
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com & Bill Van Lieshout, Oshkosh Tennis Association
 
The Oshkosh Tennis Association is featured by the USTA Midwest Section for its successful programming and travels this year to the US OPEN.   Started in 2008 by Bill Van Lieshout, this up-and-coming CTA is working hard to develop 10-and-Under Tennis, featuring the QuickStart play format. In 2010, they will introduce the game to over 60 new kids. Here's what Bill had to say about attending the US Open:
 
For the group that travelled to the US Open, we brought 18 girls from our high school tennis team - Oshkosh North - and eight chaperones to enjoy the opening weekend of tennis. All the girls came up through a National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) which is ran in conjunction with the Oshkosh Tennis Association.
 
We had a great time in New York, flying the red-eye into LaGuardia Airport on the Friday before the tournament began.  Our Oshkosh bunch stayed at a hotel near the airport which furnished free breakfast, free shuttles to the Open, the subway station, and the airport - very convenient!
 
The next day we attended Arthur Ashe Kids Day, taking in the activites in the main stadium and the outside courts. We checked out the QuickStart Tennis courts and clinics, along with the various musical acts. On Sunday, we had a free day to sightsee before returning for Day 1 of the Open, so we all took the No. 7 subway train into Manhattan, experiencing the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, and all the other wonderfully unique sites in that area.
 
Then we geared up for a jam-packed Monday where we caught all the opening day matches on the grounds, until around 5:00 p.m. when we all had to hurry to catch the bus back to the hotel, and then the shuttle to the airport, to fly home.
 
All in all, it was a great experience for the girls and chaperones - hopefully we will make it back again!
 

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