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USTA Celebrates Installation of 3,000 Tennis Courts Across the USA in 2011



November 22, 2011
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 22, 2011 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that it will celebrate the refurbishment and creation of 3,000 tennis courts in the United States, the most ever by the USTA in a single calendar year. This achievement will be celebrated at Grove Park in Atlanta, Georgia on November 30. Grove Park is emblematic of the 502 facilities that have been upgraded by the USTA in 283 markets throughout the country.

Through its facilities assistance group, the USTA has succeeded in the construction and renovation of 3,000 tennis courts in 45 states in 2011. The courts were either constructed or refurbished by painting permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines on existing 78' tennis courts, or constructing stand-alone 36' and 60' courts. The courts were built in public parks, school yards, tennis facilities and at local community based youth organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club.

The USTA's efforts are in accordance with the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) new rule that now requires all youth tennis courts be specially lined or built to enable participation of the 10 and Under Tennis play format. The play format consists of modified tennis equipment, which includes smaller courts, lower nets, smaller racquets, lower compression balls, and a scoring system that's easier for kids to understand. With equipment and courts tailored to suit their needs and abilities, kids have more confidence and fun as soon as they pick up a racquet. The new rule takes effect on January 1, 2012.

"The USTA committed to impacting 3,000 courts in 2011, and we succeeded," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. "By investing in local infrastructure, we can continue to grow the game at the grassroots level, energize players of all ages and help improve communities across the country."

"We are delighted to welcome the USTA to Atlanta as they celebrate this significant milestone," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "The investment from these new tennis courts – seven of which are right here in Atlanta - will have real tangible benefits for our residents and young people for many years to come. I applaud the USTA for their dedication and commitment to encouraging young people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle."

The USTA also joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative in 2011 to encourage young people across the country to get active, play tennis and lead healthy lifestyles. In addition, a component of the collaboration with "Let's Move!" was the commitment to encourage 200,000 children to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). The USTA exceeded its commitment and had more than 226,000 kids participate in and complete the PALA challenge. To date, the USTA has had more kids complete the challenge than any other youth sports organization in the United States.

For more information on the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis Initiative, please visit www.10andundertennis.com. Interested communities are encouraged to visit USTA.com/facilities to learn more.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, "like" the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

For more information contact:

Derek Johnson, Director, Communications, USTA;

914-696-7138; dejohnson@usta.com

Chris Widmaier, Managing Director, Communications, USTA;

914-696-7284; widmaier@usta.com

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