SPORTIME RANDALL’S ISLAND IS ONE OF 19 TENNIS FACILITIES HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE AS A 2013 USTA FACILITY AWARD WINNER

Photo Credit: Zurita Architects | Sportime Randall's Island | Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy

Photo Credit: Zurita Architects | Sportime Randall’s Island | Home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2013 – The USTA announced today that Sportime Randall’s Island in New York City is one of 19 winners of its 32nd annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.  Representatives from Sportime Randall’s Island will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 1.

Opened in 2009, Sportime Randall’s Island has five full-size indoor and five full-size outdoor hard courts, 10 full-size clay courts and 10 courts with 60-foot blended lines for 10 and Under Tennis. Sportime Randall’s Island is the largest tennis facility to open in New York City in the last 30 years and cost more than $19 million to build. The site is home to the JohnMcEnroeTennisAcademy.

”Great tennis facilities like Sportime Randall’s Island 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 Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.  “Sportime Randall’s Island has embraced many of our tennis initiatives, especially 10 and Under Tennis, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year.”

The facility won in the Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts) category along with the JuniorChampionsTennisCenter at CadwaladerPark in Trenton, N.J. and the Cayce Tennis and FitnessCenter in Cayce, S.C.

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially- owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

Each of the winning facilities were praised for their implementation of USTA programs, including 10 and Under Tennis.

Facilities were judged upon 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 upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are eithersmall tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.

All 2013 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility.  Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.

The 2013 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)

BNABankPark Tennis Facility – New Albany, Miss.

SeviervilleCityPark – Sevierville, Tenn.

CoreCreekParkTennisCenter – Langhome, Pa.

 Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)

Sportime Randall’s Island – New York, N.Y.

JuniorChampionsTennisCenter at CadwaladerPark – Trenton, N.J.

Cayce Tennis and FitnessCenter – Cayce, S.C. (Also named USTA Featured Facility of the Year)

Educational Institution

Randolph-Macon College Tennis Court Complex – Ashland, Va.

Williams-BollettieriTennisCenter- Collegiate School – Richmond, Va.

Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at HopeCollege – Holland, Mich. (Also named USTA Featured Green Facility of the Year)

Van Wert CountyFoundation Tennis Complex – Van Wert, Ohio

Private Facilities

Boca West Country Club – Boca Raton, Fla.

Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club (indoor facility – Virginia Beach, Va.

GulfCoast Tennis Club – Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Village Country Club – Dallas

Carmel Country Club – Charlotte, N.C.

TennisCenter at College Park – College Park, Md.

ACAC- Richmond – Midlothian, Va.

The Sports Club at Mediterra – Naples, Fla.

Germantown Cricket Club – Philadelphia

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level, from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s national charitable foundation, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

For more information, contact:

Tom LaDue, Manager, Corporate Communications, USTA

(914) 697-2352 or ladue@usta.com