Sloane Stephens picked up her first Fed Cup singles victory this past April in St. Louis
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
Three months after the U.S. Fed Cup played in front of a packed stadium in St. Louis, the USTA is making sure that current and future players in the city will be able to enjoy the sport for years to come.
As part of the USTA’s Fed Cup Legacy program, the 1,700-seat stadium at the Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center was resurfaced as a US Open “blue” hard court. Blended lines were also added in for youth tennis play.
The legacy program, started more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a lasting mark in the communities that host Fed Cup ties in the United States. The $15,000 project was funded jointly by the USTA, the USTA Missouri Valley Section and money generated from the Fed Cup tie.
The U.S. Fed Cup team visited the tennis center during the week of Fed Cup and took part in a free clinic with local kids. Both the players and team captain Mary Joe Fernandez raved about the tennis community in St. Louis and said they hoped to play there again in the future.
“St. Louis is a wonderful tennis town and we thank the city for their fantastic hospitality during Fed Cup. The community truly embraces the USTA’s mission of growing tennis and giving fans access to the game,” said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. "With this Fed Cup Legacy project, we are proud to leave a lasting footprint in this town by refurbishing the stadium court at the Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center, which is fitting that it is named after Davis, who created so much tennis history with Davis Cup.”
Davis was a St. Louis native founded the Davis Cup In 1900, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup.