The City of Atlanta Wins $50,000 Community Tennis Grant for "2010 Best Tennis Town" Finalist | Sports & Recreation
Atlanta, GA-- Mayor Kasim Reed was at the 2010 U.S. Open in New York City on Monday to accept Atlanta’s $50,000 award for community tennis, city parks and recreation programs. Atlanta took home the second-place prize in the Best Tennis Town in the United States competition.
In its second year, Best Tennis Town is the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) nationwide initiative to find the community that best exemplifies the passion, excitement, spirit and impact that tennis has on the community.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist for the distinction of Best Tennis Town in America,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The $50,000 second-place prize will have a positive impact on our communities and help ensure that future generations have great tennis facilities and are aware of this wonderful sport. I am grateful to the United States Tennis Association and all of Atlanta’s tennis fans for supporting tennis in our City’s parks and recreation programs.”
As part of the entry requirements, the City of Atlanta submitted a video showing tennis as a vital part of the Atlanta community. The video featured the diverse range of populations affected by tennis in Atlanta including wheelchair, special populations, inner city, juniors, adults and professional tennis with support from Melanie Oudin and Robby Ginepri.
The winners for Best Tennis Town were determined by the general public in a month long online vote this summer. While at the U.S. Open, Mayor Kasim Reed offered his congratulations to the cities of Charleston, which won first place and received $100,000 and to Richmond, which came in third place winning $25,000. These cities will also use their winnings for tennis programming and facility enhancements.
ABOUT TENNIS IN ATLANTA
- Atlanta is the largest tennis city in the world
- More than 100,000 people play in various leagues in metro Atlanta
- More than 250,000 people play tennis in Atlanta
- Atlanta has the largest USTA adult and junior leagues in the country with more than 50,000 players
- More than 80,000 people participate in ALTA, a doubles tennis league
Atlanta Tennis Championships men's pro event is the first stop in the Olympus U.S. Open Series leading up to the U.S. Open