The Phoenician named one of 13 tennis facilities honored for excellence

The Phoenician named one of 13 tennis facilities honored for excellence

Posted on June 16, 2015

The United States Tennis Association has announced that The Phoenician in Scottsdale is one of 13 winners in its 34th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Representatives from the Phoenician Resort will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 6.

The Phoenician has 11 courts, including two Rebound Ace, one Plexicushion, and one grass court. The facility continues to grow annually, and now has seven full-time professionals and support staff working as a team to support a variety of energetic programs for the resort and local tennis community. Some of the programs include: a year-round junior academy, 10 and Under Tennis programs, league clinics, resort and local "live ball," and private instruction. In addition, the facility hosts more than 20 Adult USTA and Regional league teams for match play, instructional programs, playoff, and championship events.

The Phoenician Tennis Academy has hosted more than 80 junior participants in its weekly Performance Academy and Recreational programs which run year-round. The staff also contributes many hours to support local charity events such as Tennis with a Cause, Battle of the Sexes, and Breast Cancer charity fundraisers.

"Great tennis facilities like The Phoenician help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "The Phoenician has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of their community each year."

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities' participation in USTA programs.

Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other "growth of the game" programs open to the public.

All 2015 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.

The 2015 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Deer Creek Courts Highland Park, Ill.

Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center Minneapolis
Princeton Racquet Club Princeton, N.J.
Chandler Tennis Center Chandler, Ariz. (Featured Facility)
The Phoenix Tennis Center Phoenix
Southside Tennis Complex Jacksonville, Fla.

Educational Institution
McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium Albuquerque, N.M.

Private Facilities
Horseshoe Bend Country Club Roswell, Ga.
Moss Creek Tennis Center Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Phoenician Scottsdale, Ariz.
West Winds Tennis Center New Market, Md.
Trump National Golf Club Potomac Falls, Va.
Cherokee Town and Country Club Atlanta

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