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Five Southern Section Facilities Receive 2002 USTA Outstanding Facility Award

September 19, 2002 11:55 AM

The USTA has announced the 20 winners of its 2002 Facility Awards, five of which are facilities in the Southern Section. The USTA’s Outstanding Facilities Award, now in its 21st year, encourages higher standards for the construction and/or renovation of public tennis facilities throughout the country.

Winners belong to one of five facility types: small (2-10 courts), large (11 or more), collegiate, public tournament (permanent seating for at least 3,000 and field courts), and private (supporting USTA and other public programs that grow the game of tennis). Selection was based on the following criteria: 1) overall layout and adaptation to site, 2) excellence of court surface and lights, 3) ease of maintenance, 4) accommodations for players, spectators, media and officials, 5) USTA membership, 6) aesthetics, 7) amenities and 8) programs supporting the USTA and growth of the game. Each winner will receive a plaque, a sign for display at each facility, a one-year membership to the USTA, and an inscription on the Facility Award plaque located in the lobby of the USTA National Tennis Center, home of the US Open.

The five Southern Section recipients of the 2002 Outstanding Facility Awards are (category in parentheses):

Charlotte Racquet Club North (Large): With a recently finished $1.4 million upgrade, the Charlotte, North Carolina club now boasts two hard courts and 12 soft courts with an underground court watering system, along with a state of the art clubhouse with all the amenities. A strong supporter of USTA programs, the club hosts three USTA sanctioned tournaments a year, and fielded 21 USA League Tennis teams for the Spring 2002 season.

Nashboro Village Athletic Club (Large): Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Nashboro Village Athletic Club features six clay courts and one hard court outdoors, and four newly-renovated indoor courts. They offer a variey of leagues, tournaments, clinics, and social events throughout the year.

Pelham Racquet Club (Large): Located in Pelham, Alabama, the Pelham Racquet Club is a public tennis facility comprised of 20 clay courts and five hard courts. The club offers several different programs, from men's, women's, and senior's leagues to mixed combo leagues. Other benefits include tournaments, ladders, and socials. Membership is open to the public and non-members may play for a small daily fee.

Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center (Collegiate): Completed in 1997, the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center houses eight indoor courts, as well as locker rooms for both the men's and women's tennis teams. The 64,000 sqare-foot building seats over 300 spectators and contains new offices for the men's and women's coaching staffs.

Red Lerille's Health and Racquet Club (Private): Red Lerille's, or simply "Red's" to those familiar to it, has 23 courts, including 14 hard courts, 6 clay courts, and 3 indoor courts. Red's hosts a wide variety of programs and events, including USTA leagues, charity exhibitions, and tennis clinics. The Lafayette, Louisiana club also serves as the home training facility for the USTA Southern Section's own Chanda Rubin, whose career includes the Australian Open Women's Doubles title with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1996, along with five WTA Tour singles titles.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 160,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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