By Sebastian Nunez, BB&T Atlanta Open Ball Boy
Nick Bollettieri, Wayne Bryan and John Isner. These are just a few of the people who have made appearances with kids in years past at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
Many tournaments focus on only the adults, but here at the BB&T Atlanta Open we work hard to involve everyone in attendance for this great tournament. Kid’s Day at the BB&T is a special event designed to encourage junior players of all ages and skill levels. These are the players who represent the future of the game, and this unique experience provides a chance to learn from some of the game’s best with the help of certified USPTA coaches and professionals.
In many cases, the junior players get a chance to hit with pros and coaches and seek advice relating to their own games. When asked why her friends should come to Kid’s Day, ball girl Erin Finnegan said that it gives them the chance to spend time outdoors and make new friends while playing tennis – and they get to meet some of the sport’s best coaches and players, of course. This year, Kid’s Day will be held July 21 with special events and clinics, along with racquet demos and giveaways.
However, the fun for the kids is not just on July 21. Family activities are scheduled throughout the entire week of the BB&T Atlanta Open with the Family Zone in Atlantic Station’s Central Park area. Staffed by some of Georgia’s top coaches, this area provides the opportunity to play and have fun. Free and open to all ages and skill levels, this area attracts many hard-working volunteers who say they enjoy giving their time because it’s a chance to hang out with and mentor many of the new juniors.
Spectators under the age of 18 can to get into the tournament for free July 21-22 with an adult who has a ticket. There also is a great deal for Kid’s Club tickets (check www.bbtatlantaopen.com for details) that grants them access into all of the sessions and gives them a special kids pack.
If you like women’s tennis, there will be a special exhibition match on the evening on July 22, featuring 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and finalist Madison Keys.
With all of these great things happening, we hope to see you and your kids at Atlantic Station on July 21 for Kid’s Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open.