If Kathleen Kalmer were to try to convince her friends to play tennis, she would ask a few simple questions.
“How would you like to try a sport that doesn’t require six pack abs, spandex or expensive equipment? … A sport where your weight, your height and your age doesn’t matter? … A game that even if you lose, even if you have no points are all, you are guaranteed to always win?”
It’s these keen and persuasive questions that helped Kalmer of Slingerlands, NY, be named one of two winners of USTA Eastern’s Tennis Boom Essay contest. Kalmer’s essay, along with the essay of Linda Dragas of Fort Lee, NJ, were chosen by a team of Eastern staff and volunteers from more than 200 entries, based on their responses to the question: What would you say to convince your friends to play tennis?
The two essay contest winners will each receive two tickets to see Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Juan Martin Delpotro, and Victoria Azarenka compete at the BNP Paribas Showdown on March 4 at Madison Square Garden.
Check out the winning essays below. For more information or to buy tickets to the BNP Paribas Showdown, visithttp://www.tennisshowdown.com.
Kathleen Kalmer (Slingerlands, NY)
Hey, I have an idea! How would you like to try a sport that doesn’t require six pack abs, spandex or expensive equipment? -A game that can be played indoors or outdoors in any season with one friend or three new friends. Let’s try a sport where your weight, your height and your age doesn’t matter. -A sport where you can drop, spin, slice or backhand your opponent. –Let’s play a game that even if you lose; even if you have no points at all, -you are guaranteed to always win at love. LET’S PLAY SOME TENNIS!
Linda Dragas (Fort Lee, NJ)
Playing tennis is a lifelong invitation to the fountain of youth, physically and mentally. It invigorates the body, builds strength, flexibility, speed and stamina. It challenges the mind, sharpens focus, encourages competitive juices to flow. It generates fun and excitement, played indoors or out, providing a forum to test toughness, determination and skills on court. Whether inspired by Rafa or Serena or the weekend player next door, it offers to those of all ages the chance to feel at the top of their game..in sport and in life.