Celebrating National Tennis Month: Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center

Jaret Kappelman | May 10, 2023


During National Tennis Month, USTA Florida will be spotlighting various facilities or programs that have seen exceptional growth and have had a positive impact on the tennis community in the state.


Tennis has been on the rise for the past couple of years, and while growth is great, sustaining that is even better. For Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center (PBGTPC), this has been their case, and the facility is providing tennis for anyone who wants to play.


In 2021, they were recognized as an USTA Outstanding Facility, for their excellence in the construction and renovation of tennis facilities in public courts, private facilities and educational institutions. They have also won the 2019-2020 USTA National Member Organization of the Year and 2018 USTA Florida Member Organization of the Year Award.

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Over the past year, the Palm Beach Gardens center has seen tons of growth and their member count shows that, as they currently have over 1,300. These members participate in programs, leagues, tournaments, and a whole lot more.


Back in 2022, the center was home to around 25 league teams, who played recreational tennis and pickleball. This year, they have grown that number to 56 teams, forcing them to cap the amount of teams per night.


On top of leagues, tournaments have also seen an increase. The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center has been running monthly National and International tournaments, and in the past year have seen the enrollment for these events increase drastically.


Wendy Tatum, the Director of Tennis and Pickleball at the center, is excited to continue innovating how they provide the game to their community. “We serve our entire community by offering a variety of activities and programs and are always adding and looking for new programs and events to be the leaders in the field,” she said.


To support this message, they have added additional days to their programming, giving people more opportunities to play tennis. This has been great for them as program enrollment has increased by over 40%, causing each to have a wait list.


The Palm Beach Gardens facility also has adaptive programs, including USTA Florida partner Love Serving Autism, Jamie’s Tennis Angels, Wheelchair classes, and a new Veteran program.


To help with the boom of programs this year, the center has also hired seven new pros and are still looking to add more to help teach all the new and returning players in the sport.


If you are in the Palm Beach Gardens area and want to get involved in tennis or pickleball, visit pbgfl.com/356/Tennis-Pickleball-Center and learn how you can start playing today.  



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