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Welcome to the USTA National Campus
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While in Florida last month for the big junior tennis tournaments, I took a few hours to tour the USTA's vast new 64-acre National Campus in Lake Nona. With the 100-court facility opening to the public last week and its first tournament complete, the USTA is hoping to build momentum for the sport in this country, from grass roots to the top of the professional tours. The Home of American Tennis was not entirely complete when I visited before Christmas, and with the USTA Florida sectional offices and the USPTA headquarters still in the early stages of construction, much more will be added in the coming months. The Lake Nona area, just south of the Orlando airport, has an abundance of housing developments and medical facilities, but few of the tourist-related amenities associated with Orlando, so until those materialize, the campus will have a secluded feel.

The scale of the project is difficult to grasp even when visiting in person, but here are 18 photos to provide a glimpse into what is available at the public facility.

Located next to the parking lot, the Welcome Center serves as a focal point for visitors.

Rather than hidden away in a back room, the racquet technicians are prominently featured in the lobby of the Welcome Center. They were busy working on racquets of the many American pros doing pre-season training there

Two of those pros, Christina McHale and Irina Falconi, were practicing with Luisa Chirico and Jennifer Brady the day I visited

The second floor of the Welcome Center provides office space for the facility's staff and the USTA's Community Tennis division

The pro shop in the Welcome Center is operated by Fromuth Tennis

The adidas Performance Center serves as the headquarters for USTA Player Development, with offices, training rooms, a strength and conditioning center and 20 courts, including eight DecoTurf courts, the surface of the US Open

Rebound Ace is the surface for the six indoor courts adjacent to the adidas Performance Center

Six courts of red Italian clay are also part of the Player Development section of the facility. The lodge, not pictured, can host up to 40 players invited to participate in camps and training sessions at the facility

16 courts - eight 36-foot and eight 60-foot - make up the Nemours Family Zone, a place for beginners of all ages to learn the game

This is one of two championship courts, with permanent seating for 500 spectators. The other has a Har-Tru surface

These are some of the 32 Har-Tru Hydro-Courts in the Team USA area of the facility, with water-filling stations and restroom pavilions. The USTA Boys 12s Clay Courts will be held on these courts in July.

In addition to the Har-Tru courts, there are 20 Plexicushion hard courts in the Team USA area of the facility. The USTA boys and girls 16s and 18s Winter Nationals will be held here in December of 2017.

The second level of the tournament administration building is an ideal spot to watch many matches at once

On the lower level, the tournament desk staff will check in players, call matches and take scores. A separate officials room, with lockers, is also on the court level.

32 courts are Playsight SmartCourts, which will provide court analytics and live streaming

The collegiate tennis area, home to the University of Central Florida men's and women's teams, features 12 courts with second-level seating for 1200 fans

Over 300 college dual matches are scheduled for 2017, including several USTA College Match Days. The Alabama and Michigan men play the first Match Day at the facility on Saturday January 21st. A rematch of the 2016 NCAA women's final between the Stanford and Oklahoma State is scheduled for Friday, February 17

All 100 courts are lighted. The first USTA Pro Circuit event will be a $25,000 women's tournament on the Har-Tru courts, scheduled for next week.

 

As you might expect, there are big plans for the new center for 2017. Here is the list of events currently on the schedule:

 
Date Event Type
1/6-8 USTA Florida League Combo 18 & Over 6.5/8.5 Championships Adult Leagues
1/7 or 1/8 Training Workshop for Special Olympic Tennis Providers Providers
1/13-15 USTA Florida League Combo 18& Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 Championships Adult Leagues
1/13 Arizona vs. Texas Tech @ 1:00pm Collegiate
1/14 Texas Tech vs. New Mexico @ 10:00am Collegiate
  Arizona vs. New Mexico @ 5:00pm Collegiate
  UCF Men vs. Texas Tech @ 5:00pm Collegiate
1/15 UCF Men vs. New Mexico @ 2:00pm Collegiate
  UCF Women vs. Iowa @ 12:00pm Collegiate
1/16 UCF Men vs. Arizona @ 12:00pm Collegiate
1/14-22 USTA Pro Circuit Event - Women Pro Circuit
1/21 UCF Men vs. Auburn @ 12:00pm Collegiate
  Auburn vs. Michigan (Men) @ 6:00 pm - College MatchDay Collegiate
1/22 UCF Men vs. Bethune-Cookman @ 1:00 pm Collegiate
1/31 USTA Foundation Court Play Event Charity
2/2 Sport Court Convention Conference
2/3 UCF Women vs. FAMU @ 3:00 pm Collegiate
  College MatchDay - UNC vs. Texas Tech (Women) @ 6:00pm Collegiate
2/5 UCF Women vs. Georgia Southern @ 12:00 pm Collegiate
2/9-19 USTA Pro Circuit Futures - Men Pro Circuit
2/13 Lake Nona High School Match High School
2/17 UCF Women vs. FGCU @ 1:00 pm Collegiate
  UCF Men vs. FAU @ 1:00pm Collegiate
2/19 UCF Men vs. Tennessee Tech @ 12:00pm Collegiate
2/18-20 USTA National Level 2 Junior Tennis
2/21 Lake Nona High School Match High School
2/22-24 Gay Lesbian Tennis Alliance World Tour Championship Adult Tennis
2/23-3/5 USTA Pro Circuit Futures - Men Pro Circuit
  FAU Men vs. Liberty @ 11:00 AM Collegiate
  UCF Women vs. FAU @ 5:00 PM Collegiate
2/25 UCF Women vs. Liberty @ 4:00 PM Collegiate
2/26-3/24 Spring Break Sports Collegiate
2/28 Lake Nona High School Match High School
3/2 Lake Nona High School Match High School
3/4-6 USTA Florida Level 4 Championships Junior Tennis
3/4-12 USTA Pro Circuit Event - Women Pro Circuit
3/5 UCF Men vs. Davidson @ 1:00pm Collegiate
3/8 College MatchDay - UCF Men vs. Penn State @ 6:00pm Collegiate
  UCF Athletics Donor Recognition Event Collegiate
3/9 UCF Women vs. Furman @ 12:00pm Collegiate
3/10 UCF Women vs. South Alabama @ 2:00 pm Collegiate
  UCF Men vs. Tulsa @ 5:30 pm Collegiate
  College MatchDay - FSU vs. Florida (Men) @ 6:00pm Collegiate
3/12 UCF Men vs. South Alabama @ 1:00pm Collegiate
3/14 College MatchDay - Florida vs. Ohio State (Women) @ 6:00pm Collegiate
3/18 UCF Women vs. Tulsa @ 5:00pm Collegiate
3/19 UCF Men vs. FGCU @ 1:00 pm Collegiate
3/19-21 Tennis Skills Challenge Exhibition
3/21 UCF Women vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee @ 10:00am Collegiate
3/24-27 USTA Annual Meeting 2017 Conference
3/29 Lake Nona High School Match High School
3/31-4/2 Orange Blossom Tennis Championship (Recognize Pulse Victims) Adult Tennis
4/1 UCF Men vs. USF @ 1:00pm Collegiate
4/3 Lake Nona High School Match High School
4/7 UCF Women vs. Bethune-Cookman @ 4:00pm Collegiate
4/12-15 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship Collegiate
4/15 UCF Women vs. USF @ 7:00 pm Collegiate
4/17-24 American Athletic Conference Championship Collegiate
4/21-23 USTA Florida League Adult 65+ Adult Leagues
4/25-30 Atlantic 10 Championship Collegiate
5/5-7 USTA Florida League Adult 55+ 3.0/4.0 Adult Leagues
5/19-21 Florida League Adult 55+ 2.5/3.5/4.5 Adult Leagues
  Special Olympics Adaptive Tennis
5/20-23 USTA National Level 2 Junior Tennis
5/27-29 USTA Florida Doubles Spring Challenge Junior Tennis
5/26-29 USTA Florida US Open National Playoffs Adult/Pro Tennis
6/2-4 USTA Florida Mixed 40+ 6.0/8.0 Adult Leagues
6/5-9 USTA Player Development ITF Training Event High Performance
6/9-11 USTA Florida Mixed 40+ 7.0/9.0 Adult Leagues
6/10-17 USTA Florida Jr. State Singles Championships Junior Tennis
7/10-13 Collegiate Combine Collegiate
7/14-16 USTA Florida Adult 40+ 3.0/4.0 Adult Leagues
7/17-23 USTA Junior National 12s Junior Tennis
7/28-30 USTA Florida Adult 40+ 3.5/4.5+ Adult Leagues
8/5-7 USTA Florida Level 5 Championships Junior Tennis
8/11-13 USTA Florida Adult 18+ 3.0/4.0/5.0+ Adult Leagues
8/18-20 USTA Florida Adult 18+ 2.5W/3.5/4.5 Adult Leagues
8/23-26 USTA National Doubles Championships Junior Tennis
9/16-18 USTA Florida Jr. State Doubles Championships Junior Tennis
9/21-24 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships (14U) Junior Tennis
9/28-10/1 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships (18U) Junior Tennis
10/6-22 2017 International Tennis Federation Super Seniors Adult Tennis
10/6-8 USTA League National Adult 18 & Over 5.0 Adult Leagues
10/6 FHSTCA Workshop Conference
10/12 USPTA and USTA Tennis Development Workshop Conference
10/13-15 USTA League National Adult 18 & Over 2.5 W Adult Leagues
10/20-22 USTA League National Adult 55 & Over 6.0 & 8.0 Adult Leagues
10/27-29 USTA League National Adult 55 & Over 7.0 & 9.0 Adult Leagues
10/28-29 USTA Florida Orange Ball Sectional Championship Junior Tennis
11/3-12 International Tennis Federation Tournament Junior Tennis
11/10-12 USTA League National Mixed 18 & Over 6.0, 8.0, 10.0 Adult Leagues
11/17-19 USTA League National Mixed 40 & Over 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 Adult Leagues
12/1-3 USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over 6.5/8.5 Adult Leagues
12/8-10 USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 Adult Leagues
12/27-31 USTA National Campus Collegiate Invitational Collegiate
12/26-1/2 USTA Junior National Championships Junior Tennis
 

Editors Note: All photos are copyright and courtesy of ZooTennis.com.

 

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