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Court 3K celebrates the installation of 3,000 tennis courts across the nation

November 30, 2011 04:46 PM
By Trina Singian, special to USTA.com
 
ATLANTA, Ga. - The USTA celebrated the refurbishment and creation of 3,000 tennis courts in the United States, the most ever by the USTA in a single calendar year. The event, USTA Court 3K, was held at Grove Park in Atlanta, Ga. to commemorate this exceptional milestone. The celebration featured honored guests, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, USTA President and Chairman of the Board Jon Vegosen, City of Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation George Dusenbury, 2011 Pan Am Games Gold Medal Winner Irina Falconi, and children from Woodson Elementary School. During the event, the USTA was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Kasim Reed and the city of Atlanta for its success of unprecedented community outreach efforts in Atlanta and its dedication to the community. 
 
"Our young people now have the best in first-class facilities, because of the support of the USTA," said Mayor Reed. "I think it’s good for the sport of tennis as communities become more diverse. We want people, not only from our city, but across the country to love tennis – like so many people do already."
 
The newly renovated courts at Grove Park feature four 36’ courts and one 78’ court with blended lines; they are emblematic of the thousands of courts that have been installed throughout the country. The freshly painted courts hope to revive the park and provide an outlet for children within the community to play and get active. Grove Park is representative of the 502 facilities that have been upgraded by the USTA in 283 markets across the nation.
 
All of the courts were built to enable participation in the USTA’s 10 and Under Tennis initiative, which consists of modified tennis equipment to ensure children feel confident as soon as they pick up a tennis racquet, while having fun. The youngsters from Woodson Elementary School enjoyed the event’s tennis activities and taking part of the momentous occasion.
 
Irina Falconi, who reached the third round of this year’s US Open and was the No. 1 college tennis player for Georgia Tech (2008-2010), was thrilled to join the festivities and was on-hand to play tennis with the local school children.
 
Falconi knows the importance of providing infrastructure to grow the game, "We are opening up a new chapter in American tennis. They [the kids] are the future of American tennis," said Falconi. "It’s so exciting to see what these courts are going to do for tennis in the U.S. I am excited to see what the future holds."
 
 

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