Community Involvement

One of the guiding pillars of the Edwardsville Futures is community, which means there are tons of ways for you and your family to get involved with the Futures! Check out the opportunities below for a chance to get up close and personal with the players!


EVERYONE is welcome at our Mitch ’n Friends tennis clinic! Mitch ’n Friends is an inclusive tennis program geared towards kids who face unique challenges, primarily those who have experienced difficulty participating in tennis programs due to a mental or physical condition. The program doesn’t turn away any child on the basis of needs. Participants can play with some of the Futures’ tennis players, learn from local tennis professionals, and eat pizza while socializing with their peers. Click here for more info about this event. We made the USTA website - check us outMitch ’n Friends is always looking for new participants and donors that can continue to make these clinics possible. Anyone wishing to get involved can contact David Lipe at dlipe@ecusd7.org.


Join us at our annual Kids’ Night at the Futures. This USTA Net Generation FREE evening event gives kids of all ability levels the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of tennis, meet a few of the professional tennis players, and participate in games with their friends. With 100+ kids in attendance every year, this event has been a huge success as it has introduced hundreds of children to the sport of tennis. Click here for more information on this year’s FREE Kids’ Night at the Futures.

 

Tournament level players looking for an exclusive hitting clinic will love our High Performance Jr. Clinic. Join some of our Pro Circuit players and coaches on the court. Strengthen your game, improve your skills, challenge yourself, and learn from some of the best in the game. Click here to learn more about this elite clinic.


Adults can take part in our doubles focused Adult Clinic. Join some of our Pro Circuit players and coaches on the court. Practice and enhance your doubles skills and then compete in our micro tournament. After our clinic and micro tournament, join us at Mike Shannon’s for food and drinks. Click here to learn more about this doubles event.


Recognizing that tennis is both a family & lifetime sport, Family Day at the Futures provides entertainment for even the youngest future champions during semifinal Saturday. Food grilled on site is available, as are games, activities, and prizes, along with all the Futures’ vendors. While mom & dad watch great tennis, the kids can have great fun. Right on! Click here to learn more about Family Day.


As a celebration of what it takes to make the Edwardsville Futures the only professional tennis tournament in the St. Louis area and the only Pro Circuit Futures tournament in the nation held at a high school, the VIP Party invites players, coaches, officials, sponsors, host families, & go getters to a special evening event. This exclusive event gives the Futures a chance to say “thank you” to all those that help make this tournament possible. Click here for more VIP info.


Past players, officials, and coaches have all agreed: the tennis community in Edwardsville is special. It’s only through our great fans that the Edwardsville Futures is able to succeed year after year. Fan Appreciation Day is our opportunity to give back to this great community, with all fans receiving free entry to the evening doubles final on the tournament’s Friday. Fans also get free tennis instructions, treats, and prizes, and can sample the wares of the tournament’s fantastic vendors. Click here for Fan Appreciation info. 




Tennis Sized Right for Age and Ability

The Edwardsville Futures is a proud supporter of the 10 and Under Initiative of the United States Tennis Association. In 2013, 10 and Under lines were permanently painted onto the EHS tennis courts, giving area youth the opportunity to participate in the new program.

Due to the 10 and Under Tennis program, tennis is now fun and accessible to kids and families everywhere.

Benefits of the 10 and Under Tennis program include:

1. Your child will enjoy playing with balls that bounce lower and move slower through the air, making them easier to hit.

2. Raquets are sized for small hands, making them easier to grip and swing.

3. Courts are smaller, so kids can cover them and have more success when they play.

4. Kids have more fun - and want to play more often.5. Tennis is a sport that gets kids moving, improves balance, agility and hand-eye coordination, and can teach self-confidence and self-assurance.

6. Playing tennis, your child can make new friends in a safe, support environment.

7. Your whole family can play together anywhere - driveways, gyms and playgrounds can all be transformed into your very own tennis court.

By getting your kids into the game, you’ll be opening a door to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Click here to learn more about the USTA’s 10 and Under initiative.