Kids day out at the ASB Classic
The ASB Classic men’s tournament has officially kicked off and today, it was all about the kids. New Zealand’s own Mike Venus and American doubles players Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsk put on their coaching hat for young Kiwis, as part of very special ASB Classic tennis clinics that took place in the ASB Arena’s Dome facility. In addition to the these ASB Classic stars sharing hot tips on court, local coaches offered tennis tutelage to budding young players.
As many as 150 local, up-and-coming, young tennis players - including 20 Ronald McDonald House Charities kids attended the clinic and got amongst all the action with our tennis stars.
Additionally, child-friendly activities were available for all kids attending the ASB Classic on kids’ with tennis activities commencing in the arena’s indoor courts run by Dave Knott and Marco Budiono. Kids were able to make their way to ‘The Serve’ area and enjoy the bouncy castle, games, Ronald McDonald, Sid the Sloth, on-site giant board games for kids to take part in including Snakes and Ladders and Connect Four as well as fun face paintings. MoreFM were also on site to provide family-friendly music throughout the day.
ASB Head of Community and Sponsorship Mark Graham was excited to see young, local talent tutored by some of the world’s finest tennis stars, in addition to hosting families on a day out. “ASB is thrilled to support ‘Kids’ Day’ at the ASB Classic. In a rare opportunity, these young players will note valuable tips and skills from international players and top coaches. We hope some are even inspired to work towards one day playing on centre court at the ASB Classic!”