Two Texas Facilities Receive National Honors
The USTA today announced that two Texas tennis facilities, the Southlake Tennis Center in Southlake, Texas and the Birch Racquet and Lawn Club in Keller, Texas, are among 25 winners in the USTA’s annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.
USTA Texas Executive Director Van Barry said these facilities are at the forefront of providing outstanding tennis experiences to players while also serving as important pillars within their areas and across Texas.
“Texas is thrilled to have both of these facilities and all of their great people honored with this recognition,” Barry said. “These folks are critical to supporting the activities that allow tennis to grow and flourish in their communities.”
Southlake Tennis Center was recognized in the Public Courts, Large Facility (11+ courts) category. It is open to any player who wants to play, learn, and or enjoy the game of tennis. With amenities like a full service pro shop, locker rooms, and a meeting room, it can often feel like a private club. Its unique design/court structure allows for three courts to be left open for the public even when the facility is closed.
The city of Southlake is committed to allowing anyone the opportunity to play tennis, which is any and all can play without dues or membership fees. Southlake Tennis Center also hosts many different programs and events; for example, it hosts 44 adult teams that play in local and USTA leagues, multiple in-house leagues, USTA sanctioned tournaments, and open drills for every level.
“Great tennis facilities like the Southlake Tennis Center 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. “Southlake Tennis Center has embraced many key tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”
The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club was awarded in the Private Facility category. The club prides itself on being a home for beginners, league players, social players, and high-performance college bound players. Sitting among 27 acres of rolling hills in a busy suburb of the Dallas Metroplex, the Club provides the perfect retreat for players of all ages and abilities.
Owned and operated by the well-respected Dent Family, the facility opened in the fall of 2020 with five climate controlled courts, 10 lighted outdoor courts, fully equipped fitness room, on-site physical therapy, and a licensed cafe. The former Grand Slam professional players from the Dent Family - Phil, Taylor, and Jenny - are a constant presence on the courts, offering their expertise to all players.
“Great tennis facilities like the Birch Racquet and Lawn Club 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. “The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club has embraced many key tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”
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.
Facilities Win USTA HonorsAugust 19, 2021Two Texas facilities, Southlake Tennis Center and the Birch Racquet and Lawn Club were among 25 tennis facilities selected for the USTA's Outstanding Facility Awards. These facilities were chosen for their outstanding courts, areas, and amenities from among hundreds of nominees. Read More