U.S. Tennis Association To Build $60 Mln,
100-Court Complex In Florida
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[May 15, 2014]
By Barbara Liston
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The United States
Tennis Association announced on Wednesday plans to build a $60 million
state-of-the-art "new home for American tennis" in Orlando, Florida.
"There isn't a facility like this in the world," said USTA board
chairman and president Dave Haggerty during a media conference call.
The 63-acre complex, which is scheduled to break ground this fall
and open in late 2016, will become the USTA's first year-round
outdoor training facility.
The complex will include more than 100 red and green clay courts,
hard courts, indoor courts and a collegiate tournament show court.
Children and adults working to develop their game will be
accommodated, as well as professionals. Dormitories will be onsite
to house up to 32 boys and girls.
"We see this as a really inclusive area where touring professionals
will be able to come, we'll be able to have top players bring their
personal coaches and work alongside our player development team,"
The USTA expects to move about 150 jobs to Orlando, including its
player development division which will relocate its national
headquarters from Boca Raton.
The USTA was enticed to the area in part by a long-term, $1-a-year
lease to the property in the Lake Nona section of Orlando which is
being developed by the Tavistock Group.
Tavistock senior managing director Rasesh Thakkar said the USTA
complex is intended to anchor a planned sports and human performance
cluster of businesses focused on such fields as injury prevention,
competitive psychology, and training best practices.
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the sports cluster could enhance Lake Nona's 9-year-old Medical
City, a fast-growing cluster of life science business anchored by
the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research which also
includes the University of Central Florida medical school, two
hospitals and other research facilities.
Haggerty likened the potential sports cluster surrounding the tennis
complex to the business attracted to Park City, Utah, by skiers and
"There could be that same sort of synergy that could happen here
where tennis is developed," Haggerty said. "There are lots of
(Editing by Kevin Gray, Bernard Orr)
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