Hundreds of high school tennis players from all over the metro Cincinnati area took part in Wellington Orthopaedic Sports Medicine High School Day at the Lindler Family Tennis Center on Saturday.
This annual event gave area high school players a chance to hit balls with WTA player Victoria Azarenka and ATP World Tour professional Denis Istomin.
"It's great to have you all out here," Azarenka told the crowd.
Players of all skill levels showed up to hit the pros, a question and answer session, followed by lunch and prize giveaways.
The pros also offered up some helpful hints on to the school kids on stretching and staying injury-free.
Istomin, fresh off a tough loss last week to Novak Djokovic in Montreal, was a natural with the kids and the reciprocated with chants of "Denis, Denis, Denis," during the on court drills.
At one point during the drills, even younger kids were pulled out of the stands to have a hit with the pros.
After the high schoolers got done playing, they were able to stay and watch the qualifying and main draw action on the grounds.
It's great to see the players and the tournament giving back.
In it's history, the Western & Southern Open has given over $8.7 million to area charities including the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, the Barrett Cancer Center, and a great charity in Tennis for City Youth.
For more information on the tournament, visit www.cincytennis.com.