"I remember what it was like to be in those shoes," said Sarmiento, who grew up in Glendale and said one of his life's highlights was playing against Agassi at the Los Angeles Open when he was 12. "I played here at the Burbank Tennis Center from the ages of 6-12 under [current instructor] Harout [Khachatrian] and I'll always owe some of my success to the lessons learned here."
Besides the doubles action, there were also basic drills clinics and a target practice skills competition.
Overall, HEAD conducted three different demonstrations, including one specifically geared toward beginning youths, which gained the approval of nine-year-old Priya Singh of Burbank.
"I think I liked the forehand drill and the box drill best," Singh said. "We did a lot work, but it was fun."