Eight Southern facilities honored by USTA
The USTA announced that 33 tennis facilities were named winners of the USTA’s annual Outstanding Facility Award, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Eight of the facilities are in USTA Southern, with two in Shreveport, La.: Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club and Querbes Tennis Center.
“Great tennis facilities like these help us to grow the game at the grassroots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Each of these facilities have embraced many key tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of their community each year.”
The 2022 USTA Outstanding Facility Award winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
R.S. Dunham Park (Cary, N.C.)
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center (Florence, S.C.)
Harry B. Anderson Tennis Facility at McKey Park (Vadolsta, Ga.)
Querbes Tennis Center (Shreveport, La.)
Randy Stephens Tennis Center (Macon, Ga.)
Brookstone Meadows Tennis Club (Anderson, S.C.)
Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club (Shreveport, La.)
Parker-Haun Tennis Facility (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially-owned-and-operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public; and Educational Institutions such as colleges, universities, public and private grade schools, middle schools, or high schools.
All 2022 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. One of the award winners will earn the prestigious “Featured Facility of the Year” designation and be honored at next year’s USTA Annual Meeting & Conference.