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Four Southern Section Tennis Facilities Honored For Excellence As 2006 USTA Facility Award Winners

October 5, 2006 10:56 AM

The USTA announced the winners of its 25th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, recognizing excellence in the construction and/or renovation of public tennis facilities throughout the country. Of the nine winners, four represent the Southern Section. Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina and Lost Mountain Tennis Center in Powder Springs, Georgia were honored in the Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers division. Receiving the award for the best private facility supporting USTA and other Growth of the Game programs is Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Georgia. The University of Alabama Varsity Tennis Center took home the award as one of the best collegiate tennis centers.

With 30 outdoor courts located on 24 acres, Cary Tennis Park’s bucolic setting has extensive landscaping and a creek that runs throughout. The facility has permanent seating for 2,100 and can temporarily seat up to 6,000 spectators. It also has a 5,000-square-foot control center complete with two offices, a conference room, a pro shop, kitchen, concession stand, and a viewing deck. Two comfort stations are located at both ends of the park and are equipped with vending machines, restrooms, and water fountains. Operated by the Town of Cary, the complex was built in 2000 and offers USTA Adult and Junior Leagues, and USA 1-2-3. It has hosted such tournaments as the Southern Tennis Association Mixed Championships, North Carolina State Closed Championships, and the Southern Tennis Association Junior Designated.

Built in 2000, Lost Mountain Tennis Center is a full-service tennis facility with 12 outdoor courts. Amenities include a full-service pro shop with accessories and clothing, locker rooms with showers, and drink and snack vending machines. Each court is equipped with an umpire chair and the facility has a full PA system. Instructional equipment such as ball machines, teaching carts, and hoppers are available. Lost Mountain supports USTA Leagues and USTA-sanctioned tournaments, as well as USA 1-2-3 and USA Team Tennis. It has hosted tournaments including the Georgia State Senior Hardcourt, the Northwest Georgia District Sports Festival, and the Georgia State Senior Open.

Windward Lake Club, a Tennis Welcome Center, allows members and non-members to partake in beginner, adult, and junior clinics and leagues. With 20 hard surface courts, the club’s tennis facility also contains a pro shop, a players’ lounge, and locker rooms. Built in 1985, the club’s recent renovations include a pool spray park, four additional courts, and the installation of outdoor grills to create a “tailgate tennis” environment for home league matches. Windward Lake Club offers Cardio Tennis, USTA Junior Team Tennis and Adult Leagues, and USA Tennis 1-2-3. It has also hosted three USTA Georgia-sanctioned junior tournaments and the USTA G12’s Supernational Hardcourts.

The tennis complex at the University of Alabama features 12 outdoor hard courts with permanent seating for 2,000. The facility’s control center is composed of a team lounge with plasma TV, a board room, coaches’ offices, player locker rooms with private restrooms and showers, a trainer room for full-service athletic training, and a concession stand with a kitchen. Wireless internet access is available, and the facility is equipped with a sound system and electronic scoreboard. The $4.2 million facility was built in 2004 and supports USTA and ITA campus team tennis programs.

Facilities under consideration must be under the jurisdiction of a Parks and Recreation Department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private and commercially owned and operated facilities that offer USTA and other Growth of the Game programs to the public. Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics, including the use of signs and landscaping; amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and their involvement in programs supporting the USTA and the growth of tennis.

The 2006 facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Cary Tennis Park – Cary, North Carolina
Lost Mountain Tennis Center – Powder Springs, Georgia
Waco Regional Tennis & Fitness – Waco, Texas
Buchanan Educational Center Tennis Courts – Clovis, California
Forestmeadows Park & Athletic Center – Tallahassee, Florida

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2-10 courts)
Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association – Littleton, Colorado

Private Facilities that support USTA and other Growth of the Game programs
Windward Lake Club – Alpharetta, Georgia

Collegiate Tennis Centers
University of Alabama Varsity Tennis Center – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of Hawaii at Manoa Tennis Complex – Honolulu, Hawaii

The names of the nine facilities will be inscribed on a large wall plaque displayed in the lobby of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, home of the U.S. Open. Each facility will also receive a one-year complimentary USTA membership, a certificate of recognition, and a wooden wall plaque and large lexan sign to display at their facility.




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