Fighting for the Future of American Tennis

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Fighting for the Future of American Tennis
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A steady line of tennis professionals trickles into the Riviera Country Club’s Grand Ballroom. Before them, on a perfectly-sized 36’x18’ wooden dance floor, rests a U10 tennis net. At the registration table, host U.J. Neri sets up shop, dispersing a booklet on U10 tennis and handing out nametags. Outside, skies the color of wet pavement drizzle out the damp. The pros take up chairs surrounding the court, face the raised dais, and await the arrival of the day’s panelists. In a nearby chair, moderator Craig Cignarelli bounces an anxious foot across his knee and attempts to stifle the microphone’s sludgy hum...

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