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U.S. Open Event Heralds New Facility as a Major Multicultural Tourism Draw

Philanthropists, professional tennis elite and  community leaders gathered during a private reception at the 2018 U.S. Open to raise awareness and support for the ATA/ATEF (American Tennis Association/American Tennis & Education Foundation) National Tennis Center coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale's Miramar Regional Park. The event, hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, included addresses from Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association, and Stacy Ritter, CEO and President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"I applaud Greater Fort Lauderdale's efforts to create a facility to train and support young tennis players of color to help them achieve life goals on and off the courts," said Adams. "I've advocated for many years to make tennis more diverse and Broward County's national training center is a big step in that direction. It is facilities of this nature that help young people build athletic skills and gain the confidence they need for personal success. Plus, at the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center, they will be surrounded by reminders of the great Black players that pioneered the sport before them."

"The ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center will be an important addition to the South Florida landscape, bringing together the rich history of Black tennis in one central location," said Albert Tucker, VP of Multicultural Business Development at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The complex will include the ATA corporate headquarters, a national training facility for promising young players, and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame showcasing historic memorabilia."

Having recently obtained building permits, the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center groundbreaking is expected in 2019 and will be home to the following:  

  • 20,000-sq. ft. Black Tennis Hall of Fame
  • ATA/ATEF headquarters
  • Large center court with seating for 3,000
  • More than 20 auxiliary courts
  • Clubhouse with locker rooms, treatment areas and fitness center
  • 125-room hotel for athletes, their families and visitors to stay during tournaments

According to Stacy Ritter, the facility is also a major step in attracting multicultural travelers to the destination for competitions, training and vacation stays. "We are thrilled to have the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center in Broward to further our reputation as being diverse and welcoming. It will also draw attention to the growing appeal of West Broward, having multiple collegiate and national sports venues."

The ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center, expected to be tournament-ready by 2020, is anticipated to bring immediate economic benefit to the community through conferences, training, and travel.

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