| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


Long Island Tennis Magazine hosted its first Courts & Cocktails on Saturday evening, as Glen Head Racquet Club welcomed young adults for a night of tennis, food, drinks and friends.

On court, tennis professionals organized drills, games and competitions, with the players moving from court-to-court to switch up the pros and players with whom they were playing with. Players had their choice of lessons, games or match play throughout the evening.

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“It was a great night out,” said Danielle Contillo, who participated in the event and helped organize it along with Tania Beck. “The group was a nice mix of regular players and spouses but everyone really came to play. There was some competition, laughs, and quite a few cocktails.”

Throughout the evening, players could visit the open bar where bartenders mixed together everyone’s favorite cocktails, including the famous U.S. Open signature drink, the Honey Deuce. The event also featured catered food including pizza, pasta, wings, salads, desserts and more.

The Courts & Cocktails series provide a great way for tennis players to spend an evening during the cold winter months. This event series combines tennis with food and drinks in a social environment.

“Winter in the Northeast isn’t so conducive to being active; add COVID to that backdrop and things can get pretty dull,” added Contillo. “It was great to have a night out, meet some new people and bond over tennis and drinks. It beats going to the same restaurants for the 100th time. By the end of the night everyone was talking about when we could do it again.”

The event was sponsored by USTA Eastern in partnership with Grow Tennis New York, the 501c(3) non-profit organization of Long Island Tennis Magazine.

The next Courts & Cocktails event will be held on Saturday, February 5 at Sportime Roslyn. Look for future dates and locations as this event will move across Long Island throughout 2022.

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“The first Courts & Cocktails event was a success, and we would like to thank our sponsors, partners, host club and participants that helped make the night special," said David Sickmen, Publisher of Long Island Tennis Magazine. “We look forward to hosting more of these events in 2022, as we continue to grow the game and bring the community together."

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