The Wake Forest Tennis Center will have a new look of sorts for this year’s Winston-Salem Open.
On Aug. 17 for one day only, the Smash Zone Mobile tour will be making at stop at the WSO and will set up near the front entrance gates.
The SmashZone Mobile is a 53-foot trailer which anchors four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. Courts will feature games, such as Rally Courts and a Target Challenge. Children will have the opportunity to play tennis games and have a racquet in their hand from the start.
The trailer itself, which is handicap accessible, will feature interactive activities for visitors that will include a Tennis Magazine green screen cover shoot, plus Wii Tennis and touch-screen kiosks.
This is all part of the Winston-Salem Open’s ongoing mission to be as fan friendly as possible and to encourage the development of youth tennis, especially the USTA’s 10-Under Tennis.
"We are thrilled to have the USTA’s Smash Zone mobile visit the Winston-Salem Open and Wake Forest’s Fan Fest," said Kelly Gaines, the executive director of USTA North Carolina which will have several youth-oriented initiatives during the tournament.
"What a great way for kids to try our sport. The interactive site allows kids to try tennis in a video game format and then hit the courts! The 36- and 60-foot courts are a great way to introduce anyone to tennis, but the 36-foot format allows for our youngest players to play right away on a court that fits them. No more chasing balls that bounce too high over the nets that seem like they are miles away. The small courts allow for early and quick success so that everyone can play the game that will last a lifetime."
The Smash Zone Mobile Tour has been on the road since March and is in the middle of a 21-stop tour across the United States. It will continue on from Winston-Salem to New York and will be a part of the US Open.