The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that it will provide resources to assist in the renovation of the tennis facilities and courts at Hadley Park Tennis Center in Nashville as part of the USTA’s Davis Cup Legacy Program. The legacy program, started more than a decade ago, is designed to leave a lasting mark in the communities which host Davis Cup ties in the United States. Local school students also participated in the Davis Cup festivities.
Nashville hosted Davis Cup for the first time in 40 years when it held the World Group Quarterfinal, where the U.S. defeated Belgium, April 6-8, at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center. A special on-court ceremony took place at Davis Cup to honor the Davis Cup Legacy in Nashville with USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams, USTA Tennessee Executive Director Michael Chamberlain, and Hadley Park Tennis Center Program Coordinator Terrance Quattlebaum.
“It has been an incredible week here in Nashville, and the enthusiasm and support the community has shown for Davis Cup tennis is truly outstanding,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “We would like to show our gratitude for the outpouring of support from this city by providing resources to the Hadley Park Tennis Center to refurbish their courts and facilities, as part of our Davis Cup Legacy project. It is the USTA’s mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis throughout the country, and with these resources, this facility will do the same locally by offering Net Generation programming and serving as a home to tennis players of all ages and abilities.”
The Hadley Park Tennis Center project will include the resurfacing of tennis courts at the facility. The tennis center will also receive new court equipment and miscellaneous repairs will be completed around the grounds. Hadley Park Tennis Center will also soon be initiating new programming incorporating the USTA’s new Net Generation youth initiative to inspire the next generation of tennis players. It will also become a local National Junior Tennis and Learning network (NJTL) organization. NJTL is made up of more than 350 tennis and education chapters nationwide that are supported by the USTA Foundation through grants, scholarships, and technical assistance. These chapters reach more than 200,000 under-resourced youth on an annual basis.
The project will be jointly funded by the USTA, USTA Tennessee, and USTA Southern, providing in excess of $35,000 to the project for its goods and services. With a Davis Cup Legacy project, USTA professional tennis and community tennis departments partner to leave a long-term impression in communities that host Davis Cup ties.
Last Saturday, 50 Margaret Allen students participated in the flag ceremony at the Davis Cup at Belmont University. Margaret Allen Middle Prep started having Tennis Club for the first time this school year even though they don’t have tennis courts. Now, they hope to be able to create an after school tennis program where kids could be exposed to tennis for more than just 10 times in a school year and more like 2-3 times per week.
Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with approximately 135 nations competing each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The U.S. now holds a 219-71 all-time Davis Cup record.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. 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 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.
USTA owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour 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 philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.