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Jorge Andrew Named President of PTR Board
At the recent PTR Symposium, Jorge Andrew was named president of the PTR Board of Directors for a three-year term. Andrew, who accepted the reins from outgoing President Jean Mills, is the first Latino to serve as president of a major U.S. tennis organization.
Andrew is the director of operations of the Lexington Recreation and Aging Committee, in Lexington, S.C., which has 51 courts at its two facilities, the Lexington County Tennis Complex and the new Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center. A PTR member for more than 32 years, he is a Master Professional, clinician and tester. He’s also a USTA Master Trainer for Recreational Coach Workshops and a 10 and Under Tennis Specialist, and is chairman of the Cardio Tennis National Speakers Team.
A former Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain, Andrew played on the ATP Tour for more than 10 years. He now serves on the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Paralympic committees. In 2008, he was named USTA/SC Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year, USTA Southern QuickStart Trainer of the Year, and RSI’s PTR Member of the Year.
“I am honored to carry on the strong tradition set for PTR by Dennis Van der Meer,” Andrew says. “PTR continues to grow as an organization and I look forward to working to further that growth for PTR and tennis.”
Har-Tru Sports Acquires J.A. Cissel, Century Sports
Har-Tru Sports of Charlottesville, Va., has acquired the tennis operations of J.A. Cissel Manufacturing and Century Sports. Har-Tru says the acquisition will provide its customers with access to a wider array of products in the tennis accessories and surfacing marketplace, while adding value to current and future customers of Cissel and Century.
Cissel and Century, headquartered in Lakewood, N.J., are being purchased from Bob Hellerson. “We’ve admired Bob’s product leadership and focus on introducing innovative and top-of-the-line tennis court accessories for years,” says Randy Futty, general manager of Har-Tru Sports. “This acquisition allows us to expand our current product offering to include accessories for clay and hard courts while giving us a chance to increase our reach and name recognition nationally and globally.”
In an effort to integrate the companies as smoothly as possible, Har-Tru will operate Cissel and Century independently for the foreseeable future. During this time, Hellerson will continue to serve in a management role and help to transition the company over to Har-Tru. Approximately 30 associates are employed within the two companies.
“The acquisition supports and aligns with Har-Tru’s mission to develop innovative tennis products that help our customers maximize their potential,” said Anderson McNeill, president of Har-Tru Sports. “The acquisition allows us to stay competitive in the sports supply segment and focused on our path of developing champions around the world.”
New ‘Tennis 15-30’ Digital Consumer Pub Is Launched
The Tennis Media Company has launched a new digital magazine called “Tennis 15-30.” Delivered twice each month, on the 15th and 30th, the interactive digital-only editions are available on both desktop browsers and tablet devices such as iPad and Kindle Fire.
“Tennis 15-30 is a game-changer,” said TMC Managing Partner Bob Miller. “We’re now able to provide world-class written and video content more quickly, efficiently and creatively than ever before with a product that can be delivered across every relevant digital platform.”
The digital magazine offers previews, insight and analysis of professional tennis in addition to fitness tips, instruction help and other useful content designed to improve the reader’s game. In addition to the regular twice-monthly issues, TMC will produce four Grand Slam Specials with in-depth coverage.
Produced in collaboration with the USTA, Tennis 15-30 will be available to all USTA members. Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, said, “This is an extraordinary opportunity to reach out and have a direct relationship with our members. We are thrilled with this adaptable form of communication designed for the growing tennis community.”
Jeff Williams, Group Publisher of Tennis Media Company (and co-publisher of RSI), said, “We believe this new digital-only publication further solidifies our place as the unrivaled premier source of all news, entertainment and information surrounding tennis. Advertisers will have increased opportunities to reach the consumer with video enhanced ads and direct links to advertisers’ sites. We expect Tennis 15-30 to be a win/win for both the consumer and our partners in the advertising community.”
Babolat Holds VS String Academy
Babolat conducted its inaugural VS String Academy on Feb. 29 at its U.S. headquarters in Louisville, Colo., bringing in elite stringers from around the country to become certified to string for Babolat at Grand Slams and other premier events. It was the first time Babolat has brought the elite stringers together.
At the conclusion of the String Academy, two stringers — Chris Gaudreau of Connecticut and Marc Kessler of New York — were selected to attend Roland Garros, where they will be part of the official stringing team for the French Open. “Stringing in a tournament like Roland Garros adds a different level of pressure,” said Babolat’s National Sales Manager, Mickey Maule. “Chris and Marc both bring a strong technical proficiency and previous experience stringing for Grand Slam tournaments. We’re honored to have these talented stringers represent our brand at Roland Garros.”
Other stringers participating in the String Academy were: Woody Schneider (NY), Steve Vorhaus (CO), Mark Campanile (IL), Richard Flores (TX), Drew Sunderlin (PA), Jason Costello (CO) and Josh Newton (CO).
New String Brand, L-TEC, Launches Full-Poly Hybrids
The newest string brand to enter the market is L-TEC Premium. The company says its strings are “specifically designed to perform together in hybrid combinations for maximum playability and results.” The line consists of 15 string products, allowing for a multitude of hybrid combinations, which means players can customize and fine-tune their string beds to suit their games.
A key to the L-TEC line is that they are extruded in shapes that the company says will enhance playability, boost performance and extend string life. According to L-TEC, the strings are “the first to be specifically engineered to give optimal performance at low tensions, especially when installed by a trained professional who is experienced and/or certified in stringing copolys using specific low-tension techniques.” L-TEC recommends a precision stringing method known as the JET Method.
L-TEC Premium copolymers are extruded in four shapes: L-TEC Premium 45 is a “squoval” (squared-off oval), which the company says is the only string on the market in this shape; 35 is “delta” (triangular) shape; 55 is a pentagon shape; and OS is a traditional shape. L-TEC also offers synthetics that are designed to be used as cross strings with the copolys. Strung properly, says L-TEC, the strings will lose only 2 to 4 pounds of tension in the first six to 10 hours of play.
The L-TEC Premium line consists of 12 poly-based and three synthetic strings. The strings are packaged in spool lengths, and customers and stringers will receive a discount of 20% to 30% off retail price. Stringers who use L-TEC in their retail businesses, clubs, schools and shops are eligible to receive additional discounts when purchasing in quantity.
For stringers interested in learning more about the L-TEC Premium strings and JET Method of stringing, the U.S. distributor, Guts and Glory Tennis (ggtennis.com), has live interactive webinars to provide an overview and address questions. For more information and a description of the strings, visit L-Tectennis.com.
10U ‘Legacy Program’ Created for Pro Circuit Events
The USTA Pro Circuit Committee has introduced the “10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program,” which will provide grants to Pro Circuit tournament sites that actively promote the 10 and under Tennis format at their events, and whose facilities make programming available to the community.
The goal of the legacy program, a collaboration between the USTA’s Profession and Community Tennis divisions, is for tennis communities in Pro Circuit markets to benefit from the tournament throughout the year with enhanced support of grassroots programs. Tournaments can apply for grants to cover the painting of permanent lines on courts at their facility or a partner site connected with the tournament, such as at a school or park.
The program is separate from, and in addition to, the grants available to tournaments for community events. Information is at usta.com/pro-tennis.
US Open Men’s Final to Move to Monday
The US Open men’s final will move to Monday, possibly as early as this year.
"We’re in ongoing discussions regarding the schedule to ensure there’s a day of rest for the men and women between the semifinals and finals," Chris Widmaier, the USTA’s managing director of corporate communications, told ESPN.com’s Greg Garber in early March. "It’s not clear if it will happen for 2012, but we expect it will by at least 2013."
For the past four years, the men’s final was pushed to Monday due to rain, and last year after two days of rainouts, a number of men pros protested the initial decision not to move the final from Sunday to Monday. Even without rain, however, the US Open was always the Grand Slam exception — having both the men and women play their semifinals and finals on back-to-back days. The other three majors give the players a day of rest.
"We need to reach an agreement with a number of different constituents," Widmaier said. "Our domestic and international television partners, our fan base, as well as certain sponsor commitments we have to work through.”
- Jim Curley has stepped down from his USTA position as Chief Professional Tournaments Officer & US Open Tournament Director, a post he’s held since 2001. Deputy Tournament Director David Brewer, a 14-year USTA employee, has been elevated to US Open Tournament Director and also will oversee the USTA’s professional tennis operations. Curley will remain as a consultant to the USTA through the 2012 US Open.
- Spanish tennis great Manuel Orantes, the 1975 US Open champion and former world No. 2, will be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as the only 2012 inductee in the Master Player category. He joins tennis administrator Mike Davies and wheelchair tennis star Randy Snow as members of the Class of 2012. The Induction Ceremony will be July 14 in Newport, R.I.
- The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association named Ron Rosenbaum as its senior vice president of marketing & business development. Prior to joining SGMA, Rosenbaum worked for the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) in Alexandria, Va., as senior vice president of marketing and communications. From 1998-2001, he worked for the USTA as marketing manager.
- Novak Djokovic was recently named the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
- Babolat National Sales Manager Mickey Maule of Wayzata, Minn., and partner Rick Leach, a nine-time Grand Slam doubles winner, won the title at the 2012 ITF Seniors World 40s Doubles Championships in San Diego, Calif., in February. Maule and Leach, the No. 2 seeds, defeated top-seeded Ellis Ferriera, a former Australian Open doubles champion, and Roger Mills 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 in the final.
- Pro tour player Sam Querrey and Babolat have a three-year racquet deal. He will play with the AeroPro Drive GT Plus.
- Watch brand Tag Heuer has formed a partnership with Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori, currently ranked No.17 on the ATP Tour.
- Head Penn racquetball players Ben Croft and Rocky Carson teamed to win their first U.S. National doubles Championship. With the win, the duo earn a one-year appointment to the USA Racquetball National Team Pool.
- Val Wilder of Fort Worth, Texas, won both the singles and doubles titles in the Men’s 50 division at the 2012 International Tennis Federation Seniors World Individual Championships held in La Jolla, Calif. He teamed with Mike Fedderly of Palm Desert, Calif., to win the doubles. Earlier, Wilder had defeated Fedderly in the singles final.
- Ten-time Grand Slam champion Dr. Anne Smith is partnering with T Bar M Racquet Club to offer her Mach 4 Mental Training System to players in the club’s Junior Development Program. In addition to her tennis career, Smith has a private psychology practice in Texas, and says this program is the perfect way to integrate tennis and psychology.
- Longtime USTA volunteer and former USTA Missouri Valley Section president Leigh Strassner died Feb. 4 in Colorado. Strassner was nationally ranked as a junior and played tennis at Colgate University. He was a tennis court builder and member of the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.
- Ken Brown, a former member of the National Sporting Goods Association Board of Directors, died Feb. 22 in Buffalo, N.Y. He was 81.
New Book Tells of Titanic’s Tennis Connection
Karl Behr was one of the best tennis players in the U.S. — a member of the 1907 U.S. Davis Cup team and a Wimbledon doubles finalist. In 1912, he was in love with Helen Newsom, but Newsom’s mother did not approve and whisked her daughter away on a European adventure in an attempt to break up the couple. Behr concocted a business trip to chase after his love. Both scheduled return trips to America on the Titanic.
The love story of Behr and Newsom, as well as the incredible story of survival and triumph of another Titanic survivor and future U.S. singles champion, Dick Williams, are featured in the new book “Titanic: The Tennis Story,” by Lindsay Gibbs ($12.95, New Chapter Press, available on Amazon.com).
The book narrates the extraordinary stories of Behr and Williams, who survived the sinking 100 years ago and met on the deck of the rescue ship Carpathia. The two men eventually became teammates on the U.S. Davis Cup team and faced each other in the quarterfinals of the 1914 U.S. Nationals in Newport, R.I. — the tournament that is now the US Open.
The historical novel is published by New Chapter Press of New York City.
USTA, Nickelodeon Launch ‘Tennis Really Rocks’ Sweepstakes
The USTA and Nickelodeon’s “Tennis Really Rocks” sweepstakes will run through April 1, with the grand prize for one lucky youngster of a trip for four to New York to attend Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the annual kick-off event to the US Open; as well as hang with the stars of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series “How to Rock,” Cymphonique Miller and Max Schneider.
Fifty other youngsters will win a first prize: 10 and Under Tennis equipment. Kids between 6 and 12 years old or their parents can enter the contest by visiting nick.com/tennisrocks.
“With our agreement with Nickelodeon, we’re now stepping outside of tennis and reaching a much wider youth audience to engage them in tennis,” says Kurt Kamperman, the USTA’s chief executive of Community Tennis. Also as part of the partnership, Miller and Schneider will make appearances, throughout the year, at USTA events aimed at kids and be featured in commercials promoting youth tennis.
ASBA Tech Presentation Videos Available Online
Videos of a number of presentations at the ASBA’s Technical Meeting held in December are now available for viewing on the association’s website, sportsbuilders.org.
Among the videos available is the presentation “Court Preparation, Removing Coatings (Techniques, Equipment),” which was presented by Tom Hinding of Hinding Tennis Courts; Tom Magner of Plexipave System, Div. of California Products Corp.; and Carvin Pallenberg of RiteWay Crack Repair. Other presentations for the track, fields and indoor divisions are available.
To view the videos, go to the homepage and click the “videos” button at the bottom right.
Kids Learn 10U Tennis Aboard Aircraft Carrier
Hundreds of kids from USTA Eastern were introduced to 10 and Under Tennis aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Feb. 23, receiving encouragement from Patrick McEnroe (below), the general manager of USTA Player Development and a former French Open doubles champion. The clinic was held for the second consecutive year at the Intrepid, which is a World War II aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan, as part of the Museum’s Annual Kids Week, which features fun, educational and interactive activities for kids during the Presidents’ Week vacation. The clinic was led by a group of instructors from Yonkers Tennis Center, the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
- Tennis Warehouse and the ATP announced that they will extend their online retail partnership through 2014. Partners since 2000, Tennis Warehouse operates the official ATP World Tour online store.
- The USTA announced that Emirates Airline will be a global, integrated sponsor of the US Open and US Open Series. As part of the seven-year agreement, Emirates becomes the “Official Airline of the US Open” and the title sponsor of the “Emirates Airline US Open Series.”
- Penn has launched a Facebook promotion through April 27 for its new Pro Penn Marathon ball. One prize will be awarded each week, and include a case of Pro Penn Marathon balls, a Head backpack, a Head racquet, and signed memorabilia from two Head pro players. To enter, visit facebook.com/penntennis.
- The U.S. will face France in a Davis Cup quarterfinal, to be held April 6-8 in Monte Carlo. The U.S. won its first-round match over Switzerland, 5-0, in February in Switzerland. Mardy Fish, John Isner and Ryan Harrison posted singles wins, and Fish and Mike Bryan won the doubles.
- The U.S. Fed Cup team will travel to Ukraine April 21-22 to play in the BNP Paribas World Group Playoff. The U.S. and Ukraine have never faced each other in Fed Cup; the U.S. needs to defeat Ukraine to compete in the World Group next year and contend for the 2013 Fed Cup Title. In February, the U.S. blanked Belarus, 5-0, in the World Group II first round played in Worcester, Mass.
- The Tennis On Campus National Championship will be April 12-14 at the Cary Tennis Park, Cary, N.C. Visit TennisOnCampus.com for more information.
- Pro-1 Sports has now fully merged with Putterman Athletics. The two tennis supply companies announced a joint venture in late 2010. Putterman will continue to operate out of its Chicago sales and corporate office and Marietta, Ga., for its sales and distribution warehouse. Inquires relating to either company should go to firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-621-0146.
- Cliff Drysdale Tennis is now managing the tennis operation at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, Fla. Bryce Cunningham, who was program director at the Drysdale-managed Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden in Key Biscayne, is the new tennis director at Bluewater Bay, which will also see facility improvements including court resurfacing and pro shop enhancements.
- In 2011 USPTA teaching pros raised nearly $2.5 million for charity through the association’s Lessons for Life program. Lessons for Life became USPTA’s national charitable program in 1999 and since then the USPTA and its members have raised more than $47 million in an effort to support various charities. While Lessons for Life is officially celebrated in October, events may be hosted any time during the year.
- The Orange County Breakers will play their seven home WTT matches this July on a specially-constructed court at the Bren Events Center on the University of California, Irvine campus. The Breakers, who have played in nearby Newport Beach since 2003, start their 10th year in the League when the 2012 regular season kicks off July 9 and runs through July 29.
- The ITF has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Wilson Racquet Sports as the Official Ball of Davis Cup and Fed Cup for five more years, starting in 2013 through 2017.
- The USPTA has provided a grant to the “A’s & Aces” program for New Orleans public school children. A’s & Aces serves more than 500 children through in/afterschool and summer programming. Summer camps teach tennis fundamentals and life skills. In-school/after-school clinics are offered to partner elementary schools.
- Wilson will launch Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps at 10 universities this summer, providing players 8 to 18 years of age overnight programming led by top college coaches. The camps will be at Brown University, Case Western University, Colorado College, College of William & Mary, Kalamazoo College, University of Virginia, University of North Florida, College of Wooster, University of Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt University. Visit wilsontenniscamps.com.
- The top-seeded USC Trojans beat third-seeded Ohio State 4-3 to win the 2012 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, held in Charlottesville, Va. On the women’s side, UCLA beat Duke 4-0 to win its first Team Indoor Championship.
- TennisAntenna.com is a new website for tennis players and tennis clubs, offering ways to find compatible tennis partners, register online for club activities, and communicate with other players at their tennis center. Public or private tennis clubs, tennis centers, schools, or any type of tennis facility may register with TennisAntenna.com for a monthly fee, which then provides unlimited, free access to any number of that facility’s players.
USTA PlayDev Names 5 Regional Training Centers
USTA Player Development has named five junior development programs in four states as USTA Certified Regional Training Centers — part of the continuing effort to develop the next generation of world-class American players.
The Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego and the Northwest High Performance Tennis program in Seattle are the first CRTCs named in the USTA Southern California and USTA Pacific Northwest sections, respectively. The 4 Star Tennis Academy in Fairfax, Va., will join the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., in a CRTC network for the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section. The Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, Minn., and the Life Time Fitness center in Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, will comprise a USTA Certified Regional Training Center network for the USTA Northern Section.
As USTA Certified Regional Training Centers, the five programs will enhance the training and development of juniors in their areas, and USTA Player Development will use these new partnerships as vehicles to educate and collaborate with junior tennis coaches in these four USTA sections.
Pros Can Travel Free to Wimbledon
Looking to go to Wimbledon this year? The Wimbledon Experience, a part of Keith Prowse Ltd., is offering tennis pros, tennis directors and general managers the chance to travel for free as the 10th person accompanying nine members, with trips that can be customized to your group.
The Wimbledon Experience has worked with the All England Club since 1982 as the official agent for overseas tours and hospitality at the Championships. The “Tennis Club Tour Program” includes guaranteed reserved seats for two days of play and playing time on grass courts at a nearby club. The trip also includes an evening at the theater, dinner, lunches and more.
For details, visit wimbledon-experience.com or call 888-552-6791.
Tennis Racquet Performance at Specialty Stores
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Top-Selling Racquets at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date dollars, January-December 2011
- Babolat Aero Pro Drive GT (MP)
- Babolat Pure Drive GT (MP)
- Babolat Aero Pro Team GT (MP)
- Babolat Pure Drive Lite GT (MP)
- Wilson BLX Six.One 95 16×18 (MS)
“Hot New Racquets”
(introduced in the past 12 months)
- Wilson BLX Blade (MP)
- Prince EXO3 Red (2011) (OS)
- Prince EXO3 Blue (2011) ()S)
- Head YouTek IG Extreme (MP)
- Head YouTek IG Speed 18×20 (MP)
Top-Selling Tennis Shoes at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date dollars, January-December 2011
- Prince T22
- Adidas Barricade 6.0
- Babolat Propulse 3
- Nike Air Breathe Free 2
- Nike Court Ballistec 3.3
Top-Selling Tennis Strings at Specialty Stores
By year-to-date units, January-December 2011
- Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex
- Babolat RPM Blast
- Wilson NXT
- Wilson Sensation
- Luxilon Alu Power
Kirk Anderson Named PTR Pro of the Year
Kirk Anderson of New Fairfield, Conn., was presented with PTR’s Professional of the Year Award during the 2012 PTR International Tennis Symposium, held Feb. 24-28 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.
Anderson, who was named RSI’s Person of the Year in 2006, is the Department Director for Coach Education and Development at the USTA. Since 2000, his department has conducted on-court training workshops for more than 69,000 coaches.
One of only a handful of Master Professionals certified by both PTR and USPTA, Anderson has served on the ITF Tennis Participation Task Force since 2000 and is a member of the Special Olympics International Global Resource Tennis Team and the Special Olympics North America Tennis Development Committee. He is also on the National Tennis Advisory Staff for both Head and Adidas. He’s published dozens of articles, written curriculum guides and participated in instructional videos.
Anderson is a graduate of the USTA High Performance Coach program and is certified as a Youth Fitness Specialist by the International Youth Conditioning Association. He’s a popular presenter at international, national, regional and local workshops. In 2003, he received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award.
PTR Names Winners of Annual Awards
During the PTR International Tennis Symposium in February, the PTR named its 2012 award winners:
- Professional of the Year — Kirk Anderson, New Fairfield, CT
- Wheelchair Professional of the Year — Jon Rydberg, Oakdale, MN
- Clinician of the Year — Anne Pankhurst, USA & UK
- Tester of the Year — Oliver Stephens, Chicago, IL
- Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year — Craig Ward, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
- High School Coach of the Year — Kenneth A. Griffith, Henry E. Lackey School, Indian Head, MD
- Public Facility of the Year — Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center, St. Paul, MN
- Private Facility of the Year — The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach, FL
- Newcomer of the Year — Joanne Wallen, Nicholasville, KY
- Male Player of the Year — James Cerretani, Reading, MA
- Female Player of the Year — Yulia Bolotova, Philadelphia, PA
- Humanitarian Award — Diana Seggie, Bluffton, SC
- PTR/ USTA Service Award — Rita Gladstone, Port Orange, FL
- PTR/TIA Commitment to the Industry — Michele Krause, University Park, FL
- Media Excellence Award — Mary Helen Sprecher, Baltimore, MD
PTR State Members of the Year
- AL — Betsy Smith, Daphne
- AZ — Josh Bates, Chandler
- CA — Barry Poole, San Jose
- CO — Kendall Chitambar, Boulder
- CT — Deidre Tindall, Cheshire
- DE — Alejandro Justiniani, Lewes
- FL — Sam Garcia, Vero Beach
- GA — Ian Thomson, Alpharetta
- IL — Jim Bates, Chicago
- IN — Reggie Sanderson, Wheatfield
- MD — Vicki Datlow, Olney
- MA — Michael Mercier, Beverly
- MI — Mike Woody, Midland
- MS — Justyn Schelver, Madison
- NH — Diane Phelps, Manchester
- NJ — Colleen Cosgrove, Princeton
- NY — Savina Diankova, Hastings-on-Hudson
- NC — Francie Barragan, Fayetteville
- OH — Anne Krupp, Fostoria
- OR — Gerri Allen, Lake Oswego
- PA — Lee Underwood, Edinboro
- SC — David Carrick, Greer
- VA — Donald Widener, Suffolk
- WA — Tracie Mitchem, Freeland
- WV — Otis Cutshaw, Elkins
Life Time Fitness Buys Racquet Club of South
Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness Inc. has bought Atlanta’s Racquet Club of the South. Life Time Fitness now operates clubs with a total of 158 courts, 104 of them indoors.
With the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, Racquet Club of the South has been renamed Life Time Tennis Atlanta. The facility will undergo a remodeling to its exterior, lobby and locker rooms, and the company says it will add a fitness center, clubhouse with restaurant, pro shop and stadium court that could seat more than 4,000 fans.
Life Time Tennis Atlanta has 28 outdoor courts and eight indoor courts, and it is a USTA regional training center.
Nominations Open for USTA Outstanding Facility Awards
Do you know an outstanding tennis facility? One that has great courts — and great programming? The USTA is accepting nominations through June 29 for its 31st Annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, designed to recognize tennis facilities by encouraging high standards for construction and renovation. Nominations are evaluated on criteria that includes the facility and courts themselves (i.e. quality of construction, overall layout, accessories/amenities, etc.) and also tennis programming (such as USTA programs, 10 and Under Tennis, and other programs). Winners are recognized at the USTA Semiannual Meeting in September in New York City. Visit usta.com/facilityawards for more information and to nominate.