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Awards & Achievements, July 2014

July 25, 2014 11:52 AM

Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in July 2014.

Three Southern facilities receive honors

The USTA today announced 12 winners of its 33rd annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Each facility will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.

The 2014 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Wexford Plantation – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Athens-Clarke Tennis Center – Athens, Ga.

Private Facilities
The Salvation Army – Greenville, S.C.

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or private or commercially owned-and-operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

“These facilities embraced many of our initiatives, including youth tennis utilizing 36- and 60-foot courts, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “It is outstanding tennis facilities like these that help us grow the game at the grass-roots level, and for that reason and so much more, we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact and contributions to the sport of tennis.”

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 the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.

Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are eithersmall tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.

All 2014 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools and those professionals responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.

USTA Serves to grant $330,000 in college scholarships

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it will grant 49 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $330,000.

One of the objectives of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (students each receive $8,000 award)

USTA Serves annually awards college scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This year’s recipients from USTA Southern are:

Krishnua Burnette, Greer, S.C.
Katrina Lai, Ridgeland, Miss.
Vivian Moultrie, Savannah, Ga.

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship (Students each receive $1,000)

USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship that provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipients from USTA Southern are:

Jordan Callahan, Franklin, Ga.
Dallas Hayes, Augusta, Ga.

Oudin reaches Carson final

Former US Open mixed doubles champion Melanie Oudin reached the singles final of the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif.

Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., lost to American Nicole Gibbs 6-4, 6-4. Along the way she defeated Julia Boserup and Asia Muhammad.




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