USTA National Campus awarded ITF Gold Level status
The USTA National Campus has been awarded Gold Level status by the ITF, further cementing its reputation as a premier tennis destination on the global scale.
The home of American tennis, which houses 100 floodlit courts, including two championship courts and a 12-court collegiate center, provides a world-class facility for players and coaches of all levels, from first-time players to touring professionals.
Located in Orlando, Fla., the campus has hosted many premier national and international events since its 2017 opening, in addition to local and regional tournaments. It has played host the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, the NEC Wheelchair Singles Masters and the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters, as well as the NCAA Division I team and individual tournaments in 2019 and a host of ITF World Tennis Tour events.
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the ITF that affirms the USTA National Campus is one of the preeminent tennis facilities in the world," said USTA National Campus General Manager Tim Cass.
"For the past three-and-a-half years, the campus has been delivering a one-of-a-kind tennis experience across every level of the sport that ultimately helps us work towards the USTA mission of growing the game of tennis in the U.S."
The USTA National Campus joins the French Tennis Federation’s national training center, in Paris, as the only facilities to be recognized with Gold Level status. The Colombian Tennis Federation’s national facility was awarded Silver Level status earlier in 2020.
Here’s more on the ITF’s process in awarding these titles:
“In 2018, the ITF and several leading tennis nations established the criteria and minimum standards for NTCs to ensure quality standards worldwide. ITF recognition is based on a series of criteria and minimum standards at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.
Applicant nations are required to provide documentary evidence and have their NTC undergo an inspection to show that systems and procedures are in place in five key areas — facilities and equipment, management, coaching team, sports science and medicine, and player programs.
The program also presents a unique opportunity for the Tennis Integrity Unit to integrate a nine-point set of Integrity standards and best practice polices for NTCs to adopt. These criteria are designed to support NTCs in creating the right environment for developing individuals, with an emphasis on informing and educating players, coaches and staff.”