USTA Celebrates One Grand YearThursday, January 04th 2018
As the anchor of Lake Nona’s Sports and Performance District, the USTA National Campus has made a splash over the past 365 days, gaining the attention of the tennis community across the globe.
With 100 courts throughout its 64-acre site, the USTA National Campus is the largest tennis facility in the world, hosting everything from adult and youth programming to collegiate tennis and elite player development.
The lifeblood of the USTA National Campus is the programming that is available to local residents on a daily basis. With after-school and weekend youth programming, daily adult sessions and youth and adult camps, hundreds of Central Florida tennis players are utilizing the courts under the direction of the USTA National Campus professional staff.
USTA President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Katrina Adams said the impact of the USTA National Campus has been bigger than she ever imagined, and she promised even more to come in the coming years.
“To say this has been an amazing year for the USTA National Campus would be an understatement,” Adams said. “When we set out to create this place, we wanted to design a facility that would be all things to all levels of players. That’s a pretty large challenge, but working as a team, we rose to that challenge in an equally large way.
“While it was a great beginning, we know it’s only a beginning. We know that there are so many more success stories yet to be written here, for every level of player, and we are determined to write them. So as we celebrate this anniversary, we do so with an eye toward future anniversaries, greater success and the continued growth of the sport we all love.”
The campus hosted more than 100 local, regional, national and international events in 2017, ranging from community events and Junior Team Tennis National Championships to USTA Pro Circuit events and collegiate conference tournaments. The USTA National Campus attracted more than 200,000 players and visitors – doubling initial expectations.
At one end of the scale, more than 500 children under the age of 18 participate each week in the campus’ youth programs. At the other end, the campus embraced its role as the new home of USTA Player Development, welcoming more than 600 top American current and aspiring professional tennis players who were assisted by Team USA coaching, training and medical staff.
In total, more than 150,000 hours of court time were booked to players of all ages and abilities last year, and that number is only expected to grow in 2018.