2014/04/16

USTA to Help Refurbish Courts as Part of Davis Cup Legacy Program

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 2, 2013 – The USTA announced today that it will refurbish courts at the Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility in Jacksonville, Fla., 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.

 

To further develop 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in Jacksonville, Fla., which hosted the Davis Cup World Group First Round against Brazil, one court at Clanzel T. Brown Park will be converted into four permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts with fencing, nets, and center straps. Seven other courts will be resurfaced and have blended lines placed on the courts to make them 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts. Work on this project will be commencing soon.

 

“We are having a very positive experience in Jacksonville and are pleased with the way the community has embraced tennis and the Davis Cup this week,” said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President.  “The USTA’s mission is to grow tennis and give all people of all ages access to the game. We are proud to work with the City of Jacksonville to achieve this goal and leave a permanent footprint in this Davis Cup town with the Davis Cup Legacy.”

 

“This is a great example of how investing in sports and entertainment can create a lasting investment for our community. More than a game, we are talking about the game of life and I am proud to enter into this new partnership to strengthen the tools and resources to refine skills and promote leadership in the next generation,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “The USTA and Davis Cup Legacy program should be commended for helping the City of Jacksonville carry out this important work in our community.”

 

The $42,000 projected is jointly funded by the USTA, the USTA Florida section, and the City of Jacksonville. With a Davis Cup Legacy, USTA Professional and Community tennis partner to leave a lasting impression in communities that host Davis Cup ties. The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round between the United States and Brazil takes place this weekend at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

 

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Petkovic helps to unveil refurbished McClain Park court ahead of participation in New Haven

WTA player Andrea Petkovic helped unveil refurbished tennis courts at McClain Park in New Haven ahead of the New Haven Open.

 

The refurbished courts are part of the Fresh Courts program, which was introduced in 2010 by American Express and the United States Tennis Association and designed to support local tennis in communities across the U.S.

 

Local dignitaries including Connecticut State Senators Martin Looney and Toni Harp and New Haven Aldermen Jorge Perez and Andrea Jackson-Brooks were on hand to unveil the courts as was former top-10 ranked WTA star Andrea Petkovic, who hosted a free clinic for local youth from the New Haven Boys’ and Girls’ Club. McClain Park was chosen for the renovations due in part to its close proximity to seven schools in and around the Hill Section of New Haven.

 

Truman School, which is across the street from McClain Park, has already partnered with the New Haven Open and Yale Athletics to create an after-school program called TEaM (Tennis, Education and Mentoring). The newly refurbished and age-appropriate courts at McClain will give these local youth a chance to practice tennis in between sessions at Yale’s Cullman-Heyman indoor courts.

 

“Today’s announcement is about more than tennis courts,” said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano. “It is about providing safe and healthy opportunities and access to positive role models for our youth. Thank you to the New Haven Open for your longstanding commitment to New Haven both on and off the courts, and thank you to American Express for supporting this important effort.”

 

“We applaud American Express for investing in the refurbishing of McClain Park as part of its national Fresh Courts program to support tennis in local communities.” said Anne Worcester, New Haven Open Tournament Director. “Having Andrea Petkovic host a clinic for neighborhood youth is a great way to illustrate how these newly refurbished courts will transform the Hill Section and make possible all kinds of future tennis programs.”

 

Petkovic will be participating in next week’s New Haven Open, making a comeback to the courts after injuries derailed much of her 2012 season. In 2011, Petkovic was the only player to reach the quarterfinals of three of the four Grand Slams, achieving a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world in October. She has not played a professional match since April due to her injuries, but will be on-court in New Haven to reclaim her spot in the top of the WTA.

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