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Tyson Family Tennis Center in Knoxville, TN

October 25, 2005 11:24 AM

Most people associate the city of Knoxville, TN with Volunteers football. Now there is also a reason to think tennis. The Tyson Family Tennis Center is a city facility with 14 well lit, outdoor courts and is considered by many to be one of the top Tennis Welcome Centers in the South. The tennis center is located near the University of Tennessee campus and is a hub for Knoxville tennis.

Due to Knoxville's sometimes harsh winters the Tyson Center is open officially from March through early November each year and stays open to the public for 12 – 14 hours daily. The facility usually is at maximum capacity from 4 – 9PM every weekday and hosts various tournaments on the weekends. It is not uncommon to see lines of players waiting for a court during the week.

The Tyson Family Tennis Center has been a TWC since 2004. The director of tennis for the city of Knoxville, Diedre Dunn, believes this is a great tool for tennis players searching for a facility online. The Tennis Center has also become the center for all tennis information in the city of Knoxville.

Business has been booming at the facility over the last two years. Last May, Tyson acted as the national center for an “May is Tennis Month” event, successfully bringing 75 new players into the game. 80% of these newcomers have since signed up for follow-up programs at the center.

“Being a TWC has probably led to more business…they probably get several calls or emails a week from folks who found them on the Tennis Welcome Center website,” said Dunn. “Overall, tennis is up about 50% at the center over the past two years.”

The facility offers a variety of programs for its players, including popular classes which have targeted 50 and over participants, such as "Doubles Strategy" and "Learn to Play Doubles." They have also organized lessons for kids as young as three or four. In March and September of each year, the Tyson Center offers free lessons for middle and high school students.

“There never seems to be a weekend without a tournament or some activity,” said Dunn.

The center offers many league programs for all levels of play including USA League Tennis Adult, Mixed, and Combo. The facility also does a great job advertising league play and coodinating teams for those who are interested.

Thanks to the Tyson Family Tennis Center, a first-rate TWC, tennis players in Tennessee know there is more to Knoxville than Volunteers football.

Contact Information

Tyson Family Tennis Center
6200 Trailhead Circle
Knoxville, TN 37920




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