The U.S. Davis Cup team leaves Jacksonville with a 3-2 victory over Brazil in the 2013 Davis Cup First Round, but it will leave behind even more than just the memory of three exciting days of team competition.
As part of the USTA’s Davis Cup Legacy program, the courts at the Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility in Jacksonville will be refurbished. The program, begun more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy in the communities that host Davis Cup ties in the United States.
To further develop 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in Jacksonville, Fla., one traditional 78-foot court at Clanzel T. Brown Park will be converted into four permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts with fencing, nets and center straps. Seven other courts will be resurfaced and have blended lines placed on the courts to make them compatible for 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts. Work on this project will be commencing soon.
10 and Under Tennis scales the game of tennis to the size of the child, with shorter courts, smaller racquets and low-compression balls to make learning and playing the game easier and more fun for children.
"We are having a very positive experience in Jacksonville and are pleased with the way the community has embraced tennis and the Davis Cup this week," said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. "The USTA’s mission is to grow tennis and give all people of all ages access to the game. We are proud to work with the city of Jacksonville to achieve this goal and leave a permanent footprint in this Davis Cup town with the Davis Cup Legacy."
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown was pleased to have his city host Davis Cup and for the lasting impression it will have on the community.
"This is a great example of how investing in sports and entertainment can create a lasting investment for our community," he said. "More than a game, we are talking about the game of life and I am proud to enter into this new partnership to strengthen the tools and resources to refine skills and promote leadership in the next generation. The USTA and Davis Cup Legacy program should be commended for helping the city of Jacksonville carry out this important work in our community."
The $42,000 projected is jointly funded by the USTA, USTA Florida and the city of Jacksonville.