NEW YORK — 11-year-old Andre Alcantara’s biggest dream is to play professional tennis at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Queens, New York.
This year, his dream of going to the U.S. Open came true.
But not as a pro tennis player, just yet.
“I’m so excited to be part of the net gen influencer.”
He is among the United States Tennis Association’s or USTA’s Net Generation influencers — a program for kids ages 5 to 18 that help develop and train a new generation of tennis players across the U.S.
“We got an email from the usta saying that congratulations, your kid is chosen among hundreds of applicants, to be part of the net generation and then it all started,” said his mom Anadel. “It changed everything.”
The Fil-Am Net Gen influencer was also handpicked by the USTA for his reporting skills.
Andre’s favorite part of reporting from the US Open — getting to meet his idols like Naomi Osaka, the reigning champion in women’s singles, and Roger Federer — one of the greatest men’s tennis player of all time, who is currently ranked number 3 worldwide.
But Andre too has the biggest fan — his younger brother Ashton, who wants Andre to achieve his ultimate dream someday.
USTA believes that they are building the next generation of great athletes with a game they’re truly passionate about.