Although tennis is the center of attention here at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, another element of the tournament has become quite the spectacle. Hanging along the fences of Courts 9 and 10 are the colorful banners created by each of the 32 Jr. Team Tennis teams.
These banners don’t just simply list the name and hometown of each of the participating teams - they add a creative flair to define each JTT program through artistic expression.
For the New England Advanced team, the players developed a banner that tells the story of the team’s progression over the past year.
"The kids wanted to show the steps they took this season to make it to the 2010 Jr. Team Tennis National Championships," said a parent of the USTA New England's Four Seasons Racquet Club team. "They also wanted to include a ‘thank you’ section on the banner for their coach because they attribute much of the team’s success to him."
Proud of the USTA section they represent, the banner symbolizing the Midwest Advanced Scarborough team included an enlarged map of the United States with the region highlighted where each of the players are from.
"We wanted to all be included in the banner in some way, so we made sure each kid’s district was also represented on the map," said Scarborough East Tennis Advanced player Cameron Raglin, representing USTA Midwest.
Creativity was an underlying theme for the for the USTA Florida Advanced team of the Daytona Beach, Team Topspin. With their banner covered in seashells, it’s easy to match the sun-tanned Topspin players with their beach-inspired poster.
"We all collected seashells from Daytona Beach and glued them onto our banner," said tennis player Christina Lucas. "Our banner turned out great because it truly was a team effort."