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Is your kid the next Roger Federer or Anna Kournikova? They could be, and now there are free programs at local schools to help them get there.

The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) organization launched their free community tennis summer programs for kids earlier this month, and registration continues to be open.

The program provides free use of tennis racquets, qualified instructors and lessons to kids ages 5 to 18. Participants will learn the basics of tennis strokes and how to rally, and then be put to the test in competition with others of similar skill levels.

The summer season kicked off July 7, but there are no deadlines to register and no wait lists to slog through. Registration is done on-site, and parents or guardians must accompany the child during the registration process. It’s a six to eight week program which runs three to six hours a day, five days a week – although schedules vary from site to site.

Locally, kids can sign up and begin playing at the following area schools during the days and times indicated:

  • Andries Hudde Junior High School Playground2500 Nostrand Avenue – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Bob Spigner
  • P.S. 238 – 1633 East 8th Street - Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Colin Clarke
  • P.S. 229 – 1400 Benson Avenue - Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Site director: Colin Clarke
  • McDonald ParkMcDonald Avenue at Avenue S – Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Gennady Shuminov

More information can be found here. The full list of sites citywide can be found here.

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MatchPoint NYC, the enormous new sports and recreation complex that replaced the Brooklyn Racquet Club at 2781 Shell Road, is bringing one of the world’s top female tennis players, Dinara Safina,to the neighborhood for a meet-and-greet and exhibition match during their spring tennis festival this Sunday.

Safina, a Russian native, is an Olympic medal winner, as well as a former World Number 1-ranked player, as is her brother, Marat Safin. She retired in 2012 due to an injury, freeing up her time to inspire kids at appearances like this one.

At the free tennis festival and kids day, Safina will conduct a mini-clinic, play a doubles exhibition match, sign autographs and take photos with attendees.

The day’s activities on Sunday, May 18, run from 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. and include fun stations, on-stage entertainment, raffles and prize giveaways.

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Source: ebbandflowphotography via flickr.

In 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration raised the fees for residents looking to use City-run recreational facilities, including ball fields and tennis courts, looking for a bump in revenue. According to an exhaustive report by the Independent Budget Office (IBO), the increased fees not only failed to increase revenue but drove down membership across the city.

The numbers laid out by the IBO starkly portray the failure of Bloomberg’s bet that increased membership fees would increase revenues. The City was projecting that increasing fees would lead to $6.3 million in extra revenue but in the end, they only ended up with $1.1 million in extra revenue and decreased athletic facility activity across the city. The IBO laid out the specifics:

• With considerably higher fees at the start of the 2011 tennis season, the number of adult seasonal tennis permits sold by the city fell from 12,774 in 2010 to 7,265 in 2012, a decline of 43 percent. Single-play permits fell 46 percent, from 23,512 to 12,755 over the same period.

• Despite the decline in the number of adult permits sold, there was an increase in revenue because fees doubled for these permits. The city collected a total of $2.1 million from the sale of adult, junior, and senior tennis permits in 2012, but the revenue fell $1.3 million short of the projected increase.

• The number of recreation center memberships sold in 2012 declined by 52 percent to 46,047 with the doubling of membership fees for adults and seniors at the start of the fiscal year.

• With the decline in memberships, recreation center revenue remained flat in 2012 at $4.8 million, about $4.0 million below the Bloomberg Administration’s expectations.

• Although the number of permits sold for ballfields also fell in 2012 in response to the rise in fees, the resulting increase in revenue exceeded expectations by nearly 5 percent.

The full IBO report, which you can read in detail by clicking here, presents the fascinating insight into how the fee increase, in their opinion, ultimately ran counter to Bloomberg’s much publicized health initiatives:

The parks department raised its fees for tennis permits, recreation center memberships, and the use of ballfields as part of a citywide effort to close projected budget shortfalls. While anticipating some fall-off in usage, the city still projected that the new fee schedules would raise $6.3 million in additional revenue in 2012. The decline in sales of tennis permits and recreation center memberships was far steeper than expected, however, and the gain in revenue totaled roughly $1.1 million—a fraction of what had been expected.

Perhaps equally troubling, the sharp drop-off in parks usage runs counter to the Bloomberg Administration’s anti-obesity and other health policy initiatives.

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Area seniors looking to stay in shape but don’t want to pay the high costs associated with gym memberships can rejoice!

The City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness for six weeks at Marine Park. All activities will take place twice a week now through November 1. Participants are encouraged to maintain regular attendance to maximize health benefits. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge.

The fall 2013 season of free fitness programs will offer free tennis and yoga instruction. The schedule is below:

  • Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. at the Marine Park tennis courts, Avenue S and East 32nd Street
  • Yoga: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. at the Marine Park Nature Center, Avenue U and East 32nd Street

CityParks Seniors Fitness has served over 5,000 participants since it began in 2006 and aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity.  The program encourages New Yorkers to maximize the health benefits of staying active at every age. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help participants feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis.

The schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org/sports/seniors-fitness. For more information about City Parks Foundation’s free Seniors Fitness programs, call the Sports Department at (718) 760–6999. You can also follow City Parks Foundation on Facebook and Twitter at @CPFNYC.

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Tennis anyone?

The popular racquet sport, along with yoga, swimming and dancing, are returning to the intersection of Shell Road and Avenue Z in Gravesend in what is set to be Brooklyn’s largest sports complex.

Sheepshead Bites first learned about the deal from the broker, Brian Hanson of Massey Knakel Realty Services, and now a report by Brownstoner provides a few new details.

Costing $20 million, the 140,000 square-foot complex, dubbed MatchPoint NYC, will feature a whopping nine indoor tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a restaurant. It replaces the Brooklyn Racquet Club, which closed in 2011 and was later demolished.

Set to open in six months, the facility – developed by Dmitry Druzhinsky and tennis coach Noumroud Moukhatasov, and spearheaded by entrepreneur Sergey Rybak – will provide an outlet to accommodate for the huge Russian love of tennis.

Coming in from Five Boro Sports: Leon M. Goldstein High School – formerly Kingsborough High School – competed for the first time in the Mayor’s Cup this past weekend.

The team was led by freshman Becky Shtilkind, who last week defeated Cardozo freshman Arielle Griffin, 6-0, 6-1, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, making her the “first freshman to win the PSAL girls’ tennis individual tennis championship in recent memory.” Shtlikind is a Ukrainian immigrant living in Sheepshead Bay.

The victory over Cardozo won them entrance to the Mayor’s Cup this weekend, where the sixth-seeded Dolphins bested No. 3 Francis Lewis, 5-0, in the quarterfinals in Flushing. They faced Cardoza – No 2. – on Sunday and lost in the semifinals.

Despite ending their Mayor’s Cup run in the semifinals, the team still ought to be proud to have raised the bar for Goldstein High School’s sports.