October 21, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2015
ORLANDO, FL, April 8, 2015 – The United States Tennis Association today celebrated its arrival in Orlando with a ground-breaking ceremony for the USTA National Campus, the New Home of American Tennis, in Lake Nona. The model tennis facility, expected to be completed in late 2016, will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions. When completed, the facility will feature more than 100 courts, including red and green clay courts, hard courts, and youth tennis courts. The site, which will be open to the public, also will house a collegiate tennis center capable of hosting a number of college events and will serve as the home for the University of Central Florida’s men’s and women’s varsity teams.
“This is an historic day as the USTA continues to re-imagine its future, and redefines how we deliver on our mission of promoting and developing tennis in the United States,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President, Katrina Adams. “By housing our two divisions devoted to growing the game at all levels, and training the next generation of players and coaches, we can have a greater impact on the sport than we ever had before.”
The groundbreaking was attended by Adams and other senior USTA officials, senior officials from Tavistock Group and Lake Nona, along with City of Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer, and Orlando County Mayor Teresa Jacobs as well as a number of state and regional partners working with the USTA to make tennis’ governing body’s vision a reality.
The facility is being built in Lake Nona, an integrated, 11-square mile community in Orlando, anchored by clusters of excellence in health, sports, education and technology. With its parent company, the private investment organization Tavistock Group, the fast-growing community of Lake Nona has attracted business innovators and residents committed to building a total environment that enables meaningful and impactful lives.
The USTA facility will serve as a cornerstone for Lake Nona’s Sports Innovation & Performance District, an emerging athletic district with a focus on research, design, innovation and technology.
“Lake Nona is the ideal place for the USTA to grow and thrive,” said Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group. “We have a long history in sports, and together with the USTA, we will continue to attract innovators to Lake Nona to create opportunities that will advance sports science and athletic performance.”
Governor Rick Scott said, “Last May, we were proud to announce the United States Tennis Association’s plans to locate their new divisional headquarters facility at Lake Nona, which will create more than 150 new jobs and attract even more tourists to our state. Today’s groundbreaking is great news and will help make Florida a leading state for tennis. I look forward to seeing the completion of this project and the growth of USTA in Florida.”
Florida Secretary of Commerce and president and CEO of Enterprise Florida Bill Johnson said, “This new USTA divisional headquarters is a tremendous achievement for Florida. The 154 jobs and $60 million capital investment being created here represent what can be accomplished when Florida’s business story is told by our partners across the state. We look forward to Florida and Lake Nona being the new Home of American Tennis and we thank the USTA for their investment in our state.”
The campus will be located on 63-acres of land and will include:
The Tavistock Development Company is serving as the project developer, with DPR Constuction as the general contractor and HKS as the lead architect. California Products (hard court surfaces), Har-Tru (green clay court surface), and Connor SportCourt (Family Tennis Area 36/60 court surface) are providing the court surfaces for the facility.
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 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer 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 and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.