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Tracy Austin Promotes Cardio Tennis in Section

July 24, 2007 09:16 AM

Tracy Austin looks on as a young girl smacks a forehand during a Cardio Tennis Clinic at Midtown Tennis Club.

Former women's world No. 1 player Tracy Austin stopped through two cities in the USTA Missouri Valley - Kansas City and Springfield recently - to promote Cardio Tennis. Austin made three stops at Midtown Tennis Club, The Plaza Tennis Center and Cooper Tennis Complex to demonstrate and speak about the non-instructional, but heart-pumping program.

"I got into cardio tennis because it's something I can do more these days to fit with my schedule," said Austin, referring to her busy family life as a working mom. "I was playing out at my club in Los Angeles and we were doing something called 'The Workout.' I found these drills to be pretty much the same thing as Cardio Tennis, so it's been a very easy transition to tell people about it. It's fun, it's active and it can be done

On Friday July 20, Austin made an appearance at Midtown Tennis Club in Overland Park, Kan., along with former USTA president Alan Schwartz and Tennis Industry Association National Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause. Austin, Krause, and pros from Midtown helped conduct a cardio tennis clinic for youth ages 6-16 in the afternoon that included Austin's three boys Dylan (11), Brandon (9) and Sean (6).

Austin and the Midtown teaching pros (Lorenzo Barrientez, Jennifer Spurck, Kerlin Butchee, Daryl Greenstreet, Marc Blouin, Steve Hill, Steve Winship, Steve Sterthman, and Guerrin Smith) followed later that evening with an adult clinic in the that included a demonstration by Austin and a mini-exhibition with Midtown's pros. More than 125 players took part between the two clinics held at Midtown.

Tracy Austin (background) encourages a participant at the Plaza Tennis Center Cardio Tennis Clinic.
On Saturday July 21, Austin headed to the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City for the second of her three cardio clinics. More than 60 people took part in the Cardio Tennis clinic at Kansas City's largest public tennis center. Austin and Krause, along with teaching pros Kilmeny Waterman and husband Malachy Connor, Tracy Cooper, and Midtown's Ajay Pant helped conducted the two-hour afternoon session.

That evening, Austin served as a guest commentator alongside Kansas City Explorers' general manager Jeff Launius at the Kansas City Explorers-St. Louis Aces World TeamTennis match at Barney-Allis Plaza. During halftime of the match, Austin and Krause ran through a quick demonstration of the Cardio Tennis program.

On MondayJuly 23, Austin traveled to Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. to take part in yet another Cardio Tennis clinic. About 50 people attended the adult cardio event at Cooper, and a separate non-cardio clinic was held for Cooper's junior program that had about 35 children participants. Teaching pros at the Springfield clinic were Kyle Wartick, Chris Kohl, Amanda Donat, Susan Provance and USTA Missouri District president and Cooper Tennis Complex Director of Tennis, Larry Haugness.

At each clinic Austin took part in, she was front and center for all the action, jumping in on each court to mingle and play with participants, help guide players through drill sessions, and keep the sessions lively and fun. Afterwards, she spoke with fans in informal question-and-answer sessions and signed autographs for fans.

"I thought our clinic went very well," said Haugness of Austin's clinic at Cooper. "I was very pleased. Tracy being here was really nice for the Springfield tennis community and it gave a real push to our cardio program, which we hope will result in some enthusiasm for them. Plus, our juniors got a chance to see a champion up close and personal."

For more information on Cardio Tennis in your area, please visit www.cardiotennis.com.

Kids' Cardio Tennis clinic participants from Midtown Tennis Club.

Participants at the Cardio Tennis Clinic at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City.




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