Now, regular tennis enthusiasts will get the opportunity to play on the same courts as pro standouts such as Andy Roddick and John Isner.
North American Properties and CBRE Global Investors — the co-operators of Atlantic Station — announced the dedication of the four courts in the popular Midtown neighborhood to the city of Atlanta July 28.
The two companies made the donation in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association and USTA Southern.
The courts are still owned by Atlantic Station, but will now be operated by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and will officially be open to the public later in August.
“We’re excited about making the courts available to the public,” Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner George Dusenbury said. “It will give the public the opportunity to play on the same courts that the pros have played on.”
Promoting the game of tennis in Atlanta was the motivating factor behind the donation of the courts, according to Atlantic Station Director of Operations Scott Hundley.
“We wanted to give back to the citizens of Atlanta,” Hundley said. “There are 80,000-plus tennis players in metro Atlanta, yet few public tennis courts exist – especially in urban settings like Midtown. We listened to the needs of the citizens and had the ability to meet their need and desire for more tennis courts.”
Hundley said the prospect for the donation has been germinating for a year as a result of feedback from the Atlantic Station community.
“The idea came about towards the conclusion of the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open, when we realized the desire of our residents, employees and neighboring communities for additional public courts,” he said. “Since the courts were going to remain intact year-round, it just seemed like the logical next step. It’s pretty exciting that the general public will be able to play on the same courts as the pros.”
The courts will initially be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to the public, according to Dusenbury.
“They will be available first-come, first-serve at first, though we might go to a reservation system later on,” he said.
The donation of the courts to the city of Atlanta doesn’t mean the end of the BB&T Atlanta Open’s stay at Atlantic Station; however, as the ATP Tour event will continue to be held there for the next several years.
“Atlantic Station currently holds a multi-year contract with the tournament and looks forward to working with USTA Southern to grow the tournament into one of the premier tournaments on the ATP Tour,” Hundley said. “There is no other venue like Atlantic Station on tour. We strive to work with USTA Southern and our title and presenting sponsors to make each year better than the last.”