Memphis To Host USTA-TN Tennessee Adult and Senior State Championships, 2011 and 2012

The tournaments will run for three-plus days, and bring approximately 600 tennis players to Memphis, including nine championship teams, for two weekends each year. In 2011, the tournament will run from June 10th to the 12th, and then again from June 24th to the 26th. In 2012, the tournament will run from June 8th to the 10th, and then again from June 22nd to the 24th.
The events will take place across a number of public and private tennis facilities in Memphis, including the Leftwich, Wolbrecht, Eldon Roark, Bellevue, Rhodes College and Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center. The Racquet Club of Memphis, home to the annual Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, will also provide courts and facilities.

But why Memphis? “It may surprise some to hear it, but Memphis is a tennis town. We have the largest USTA tennis league in the state,” says Tim Clements, President of the Memphis Tennis Association. “We also put together a strong bid.” With the combined efforts of the Memphis Tennis Association, Tennis Memphis and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Memphis ensured Tennessee Tennis that the city could not only meet the 45-court requirement, but also provide valuable indoor facilities in case of bad weather. “The city extended a great invitation to USTA Tennessee,” says Executive Director, Brenda Witt. “I know players and fans alike will have an exciting time playing tennis and seeing all that Memphis has to offer.”

The benefits of securing the tournament for two years are many. The 1200 participants each year will fill approximately 600 hotel rooms, and bring an estimated $2.2M to Memphis and Shelby County. More importantly, producing the events will enable Memphis to make future bids on tennis events of similar size and scale. All good news for the city’s leader, Mayor A.C. Wharton, who sees even greater value in bringing the tournaments to Memphis: “This is a win-win for Memphis. Not only are we bringing valuable tourism dollars to the area, we’re also promoting the long-term benefits of physical fitness to our citizens.” Mayor Wharton, who hits the gym every morning, has made improving the overall health and well being of Memphians a goal for his administration. “These tournaments will highlight the number of public athletic facilities and programs available to all Memphians, especially our children.”

Memphis Tennis Association

The Memphis Tennis Association is a USTA Community Tennis Organization and is a center for tennis information and activities in the Memphis area. The mission of the Memphis Tennis Association is to organize, promote and support the development of tennis as a means of healthful recreation and physical fitness; to establish and maintain rules of fair play and high standards of sportsmanship; to further the growth and development of the sport of tennis in the Memphis area.

Tennis Memphis

Founded in December 2001, Tennis Memphis is a Community Tennis Association governed by a Board of Directors and recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Its mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the Memphis Area, and enhance and change the lives of people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds in the community through the game of tennis, and through educational and life skills programs. Tennis Memphis is the manager of the Memphis Public Tennis Centers, owned by City of Memphis Division of Park Services.

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official marketing and tourism organization for Memphis and Shelby County, is a private, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to building the local economy and the community’s positive image through tourism and convention development, major events and destination marketing.