USTA Recognizes acac Tennis Facility
The USTA announced today that ACAC-Richmond in Midlothian, Va., is one of 19 winners of its 32nd annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Representatives of ACAC-Richmond will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 1.
Built in 1968, ACAC-Richmond was named Virginia Club of the Year in 2008. The facility has three full-size hard courts, 10 full-size clay courts and 36- and 60-foot blended lines on some courts to accommodate the growing popularity of youth tennis. In 2012 the club hosted a number of USTA Leagues events, hosting a total of 136 different teams.
”Great tennis facilities like the ACAC-Richmond help us to grow the game at the grassroots level and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “ACAC-Richmond has embraced many of our tennis initiatives, especially 10 and Under Tennis, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially- owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Each of the winning facilities were praised for their implementation of USTA programs, including 10 and Under Tennis.
Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.