Southern Tennis Welcome Centers Recognized for Outstanding Service

May 2, 2008 10:37 AM

The "Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers of 2007" have been recognized by the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Tennis Association and the trade magazine Racquet Sports Industry as leading the charge in the growth of the sport by providing well-rounded programs to new and current players of all ages and abilities. The tennis facilities honored all exhibited excellent participation figures involving new and returning players, support of industry programs and community tennis development, and were active with Tennis Welcome Center facility requirements, among other criteria.

“All of the more than 2,100 Tennis Welcome Centers have played an important role in the increased tennis participation we’ve seen in the last few years in the U.S.,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “These Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers have been doing a particularly outstanding job of creating a positive tennis experience for people in their communities. Tennis Welcome Centers serve a vital role in delivering tennis, and the TIA is very pleased to recognize these efforts with this award.”

Mark McMahon, USTA National Manager for Tennis Welcome Centers, adds, "The USTA
remains committed in our support of the TIA and of the Tennis Welcome Center Initiative which helps introduce thousands of new players to tennis each year. The Teaching Professionals, managers and staff of the over 2,000 TWC’s play a critical role in insuring the continued growth our sport is experiencing and we are pleased to recognize those TWC’s who have delivered such exemplary service and program quality to their customers”.

To choose the Top 50 TWCs, an independent research firm, Sports Marketing Surveys USA of Jupiter, Fla., received nominations and applications via an online survey. The company then used extensive criteria measures to determine this year’s winners, which also were reviewed by an Awards Committee.

The Tennis Welcome Center initiative is backed by all sectors of the industry, from governing bodies and manufacturers to media, retailers, teaching organizations, pro groups and facilities. Popular pro player Maria Sharapova and James Blake are spokesmodels for the program, which is free to tennis facilities who wish to support industry efforts to grow participation through specific programming and marketing.

The TWC initiative has been a key factor in tennis reaching 25.1 million recreational players in 2007, the first time in nine years that the sport has topped the 25 million mark. In addition, according to a study by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, from 2000 to 2006, tennis participation has grown 12.2%, which is 10% more than its nearest rival—golf—and well ahead of other participation sports such as baseball, basketball, swimming and soccer, all of which saw declining participation over the same six years. Also, industry research shows that both racquet sales and ball sales have increased for the last four years.

“Tennis Welcome Centers are a critical connection point between all of the tennis industry stakeholders invested in growing the game and the hundreds of thousands of new players who are attracted to the sport each year," says de Boer, "Together with the USTA, we’re proud to recognize them."

TOP 50 TENNIS WELCOME CENTERS OF 2007

in alphabetical order by facility name

An Achievable Dream Academy, Newport News, VA

Auburndale Tennis Center, Auburndale, Florida

Barnes Tennis Center, Home of Youth Tennis, San Diego, CA

Baseline Tennis Center, Minneapolis, MN

Camp Curiosity - Bucks County Tennis Assn, Inc., Langhorne, PA

Columbia Basin Racquet Club, Richland, WA

Cranmore Family Fitness Center, North Conway, NH

Delaware Tennis Center, Wilmington, DE

Eastlake Athletic Club, Elkhart, IN

Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC

Fleming Tennis Center, Augusta, GA

Frog Hollow Racquet Club, Lansdale, PA

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, Tucson, AZ

Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club, Homewood, IL

International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI

La Crosse Country Club, Onalaska, WI

Lake Cane Tennis Center, Orlando, FL

Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center, Lake Oswego, OR

Lexington County Tennis Complex, Lexington, SC

Littleton Golf and Tennis Club, Littleton, CO

Los Gatos Tennis Academy - Almaden, CA

Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness Club, Brunswick, ME

Meadow Creek Tennis and Fitness Club, Denver, CO

Midland Community Tennis Center, Midland,MI

North Hills Club, Raleigh, NC

Oak Meadow Golf Club, Evansville, IN

Oglebay Park Tennis Center, Wheeling, WV

Oxford Tennis Center, Oxford, AL

Pacquenac Tennis Club, Pompton Plains, NJ

Paseo Racquet Center, Glendale, AZ

Plaza Tennis Center, Kansas City, MO

Pocono Farms Country Club Association, Tobyhanna, PA

Point Set Indoor Racquet Club, Inc, Oceanside, NY

Querbes Tennis Center, Shreveport, LA

Racquet Club of Columbus, Columbus, OH

Regency Sport and Health Club, McLean, VA

Reynolds Plantation and the Lake Club Tennis Center, Greensboro, GA

Rudgear Park, Walnut Creek, CA

Richland Tennis Center, North Richland Hills, TX

Sarver Tennis Club at Sedgewood, Bluefield, VA

Scottsdale Park Ranch Sports Complex, Scottsdale, AZ

South Towns Tennis Club, Orchard Park, NY

Southlake Tennis Center, Southlake, TX

Tennis Center of the Black Hills, Rapid City, SD

Texarkana Country Club, Texarkana, AR

The Wailea Tennis Club, Wailea, HI

Timberhill Tennis Club, Corvallis, OR

Towpath Tennis Center, Akron, OH

Village Glen Tennis Club, Williamsville, NY

Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, Rochester, NY


 

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