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USTA to Refurbish Courts at Austin Tennis Center as part of Davis Cup Legacy Program

July 8, 2011 09:03 PM
The Davis Cup visiting Austin will extend beyond the events at the Frank Erwin Center - it will expand tennis in Austin community for years to come.
The USTA announced today that it will refurbish courts at the Austin Tennis Center as a part of the USTA’s Davis Cup Legacy program.  The program, begun more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy in the communities which host Davis Cup ties in the United States.

Two courts at the Austin Tennis Center will be converted into eight permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts. Four other courts will have blended lines placed on the courts to make them 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts. These conversions will further develop 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in the city.

"We couldn’t be more pleased with how the entire Austin community has embraced this Davis Cup quarterfinal," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.  "Our mission is to bring more tennis to more people in more ways than ever before, and our Davis Cup Legacy program is another example of how the USTA achieves this goal."

"The Austin Tennis Center is a leading tennis facility and we are thrilled to be linked to their future and the future of American tennis in this community," said Carol Welder, an Austin resident and member of the USTA Board of Directors.  "The USTA’s 10 and Under initiative is designed to make tennis easier for our youngest players to learn the game, and these new courts will be great for our community."

The USTA will invest a total of $41,000 into this project, which will also include adding a shaded patio to the Austin Tennis Center and tying a sidewalk to the building. With a Davis Cup Legacy, USTA Professional and Community tennis partner to leave a lasting impression in communities where Davis Cup is held. The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal between the United States and Spain takes place in Austin at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center, July 8-10.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world’s largest annual international men’s team competition with 125 nations competing this year.  The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 210-64 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating back to 1989. For more information, including access to player and historical Davis Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.
 

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