By Sebastian Nunez, Net News Contributor
Top ATP doubles player and crowd favorite, Nick Monroe has had the opportunity to travel the world playing tennis and entertaining fans. So when the chance to give opportunities to others presents itself, he’s on-board. The new Lob and Learn organization, for which he is now a partner and ambassador, is giving kids a chance to experience tennis and more. As the program comes to Atlanta, Monroe talks about that and his return to Atlanta for the Truist Atlanta Open, where he is a former champion.
Lob and Learn is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide key opportunities for kids with sustainable tennis and education programs. By using education to promote tennis, the organization is exposing the sport to players of all backgrounds. Lob and Learn provides financial assistance on equipment, competition, and expenses for kids based on their success in the classroom. Being good competitors isn’t just the main mission of this program, as organizers put a lot of emphasis on developing the “three C’s”: Confidence, Character, and Connections.
As a former junior player, this writer is excited to see how Lob and Learn will make Atlanta an even stronger tennis city by getting even more kids to play and compete. Using school as a motivation for tennis will only make better tennis players and people out of the many participants. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kid’s Day on July 27, 2021 and the arrival of Lob and Learn.
With Atlanta being widely regarded as one of the top tennis cities in the country, it is only fitting that a program as great as this should be here. That’s why Monroe, as a former champion, wants to bring it with him as he returns to try and gain a second doubles title here at the Truist Atlanta Open. With Kid’s Day always being a big success at the tournament, organizers look forward to combining it with Lob and Learn to have the best experience possible for kids at the tournament. Clubs from around the Atlanta area will be encouraged to bring junior players to be introduced to Lob and Learn where they will play, take in the experience, and watch world-class tennis.
When asked about coming back to Atlanta, Monroe had nothing but positive things to say about the tournament and city. First coming here at age 12 to watch World Team Tennis, he said he remembers being excited to come back and compete here himself.
Tickets are on sale at atlantaopentennis.com. What’s new this year? A new stadium layout with special sections and more shade, safety precautions for players and fans, special nights for fans to enjoy, and more!