TWC Spotlight: Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, Surprise, AZ

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex has created a buzz in Surprise, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. The 25-court public facility opened its doors in September 2007, thanks to supportive city funding.

“This place is like the Taj Mahal of tennis,” says John Austin, the facility’s tennis director. “We’ve been very fortunate to host a Fed Cup match last February, a pro circuit event, the USTA Nationals and an Outback Champions Series event.”

There are no memberships at the facility, but Austin says nearly 500 players currently call it their tennis home. And it’s easy to attract new players, he says, because Surprise offers several different beginner-level programs. In the future, the Complex is hoping to start a CTA that will allow them reach more into schools and bring tennis to as many people in the community as possible.

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