Blended lines make better tennis players in Quincy
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:03:58 GMT —
He doesn't really remember when he started it but 10-year-old Reuben Goldschmidt has been playing tennis almost his whole life.
"You can practice anywhere as long as you have a ball that's small and a hard surface," Goldschmidt said.
Goldschmidt has done a lot of his practicing at the Madison Park tennis courts.
"It feel pretty nice because I can hit the ball pretty hard and I like it," he said.
The Quincy Park District recently received a grant from the U.S. Tennis Association to have the courts resurfaced. The new blue and green colors match professional courts.
"It's important to stay up to date with all the standards," Mike Bruns of the Quincy Park District said. "It keeps people's interest up so when they see it on TV they go "Oh hey,we have those right here in Quincy.''
In addition to resurfacing, blended lines we're painted on the court. They allow beginners the option to play on a 60 foot court versus the professional 78 foot court.
"We've just learned that having the right sized ball, the right size tennis racquet and the right sized court are the way to go to develop the younger players in stages," USTA Member and Youth Tennis Coach Mark Schuering said.
"It just allows them to adapt so when we do move them all the way back they understand the technique and the foot work and to be able to keep the ball in play," Director of Tennis at the Quincy Racquet Club Monica Hinkamper said.
That's something Goldschmidt doesn't need help with. He plays on the professional-size court but understands the need for the blended lines.
"Some kids aren't able to go full court and hit it all the way across," he said.
Goldschmidt says he's excited to practice on the new courts but his favorite part ... "I can do a lot of tricks and stuff," he said.
You can see more of the revamped tennis courts by clicking, here.