For the second consecutive year, the Bank of the West Classic will team up with USTA Northern California and local public tennis organizations to host four 10&under and Family Play Days all over the Bay Area.
Continuing the growth from last year's tour, the Bank of the West Classic and its partners will host between 25 and 100 participants per Play Day.
The 2nd annual Road to the Bank of the West Classic will kick off on Saturday at American High in Fremont.
These events give anyone without any prior tennis exposure a chance to learn more about the game while having fun all at the same time. The 10&under participants will use USTA program rules, including specialized racquets, tennis balls and court sizing while family and adult Play Days utilize the full court.
The Road to the Bank of the West Classic allows the tournament to stretch beyond tournament week and heighten exposure to tennis in the Bay Area, while allowing children without previous exposure to find out how special tennis can be.
Participants at each location will be able to enter a special raffle to win two tickets to the Bank of the West Classic semifinals.
Other tour stops include:
June 29: Palo Alto Tennis Club and City of Palo Alto
June 30: San Jose State University Tennis, with coach Sylvain Malroux
July 13: Foster City Tennis Club
Tickets for the 2013 Bank of the West Classic, which will be held July 22-28 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.