It was a beautiful sunny Tuesday afternoon as Mini Rogers Cup celebrated its kick-off event with 40 kids running around the courts practicing their forehands and backhands.
Taking place at Leaside Tennis Club in Toronto, the kids ranging in age from six to 12 years old showed off their burgeoning tennis skills. Playing various games, going through drills, and playing points, it was a full slate of tennis activity at the kick-off.
Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale and Tennis Canada Ambassador Joel Dembe were also in attendance, and got involved by hitting with the kids.
“There’s a lot of talent out here at Leaside, and it’s great seeing so many kids out being active with racquets in hand,” said Hale. “Mini Rogers Cup is a great initiative to grow the game at the grassroots level. At the end of the day, we just hope to get more kids playing tennis and having fun.”
The day ended with the kids playing a quick doubles tournament, first to five points, with the all-girls team of Anna and Taylor picking up the victory. Both young athletes won a pair of tickets to Opening Night at Rogers Cup as a prize for their stellar play.
Mini Rogers Cup events will continue throughout the province until July, with clubs determining their teams to send to the finals which run the week before Rogers Cup. The winners and finalists will be treated to a day at Rogers Cup and celebrated on Centre Court. For more information, please visit rogerscup.com/mini-rogers-cup.