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South Towns and Village Glen Tennis Centers Make the Top 50

April 29, 2008 05:58 PM

Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center facilities Recognized for outstanding service in promoting sport

The "Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers of 2007" have been recognized by the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Tennis Association and the trade magazine Racquet Sports Industry as leading the charge in the growth of the sport by providing well-rounded programs to new and current players of all ages and abilities. The tennis facilities honored all exhibited excellent participation figures involving new and returning players, support of industry programs and community tennis development, and were active with Tennis Welcome Center facility requirements, among other criteria.

“All of the more than 2,100 Tennis Welcome Centers have played an important role in the increased tennis participation we’ve seen in the last few years in the U.S.,” says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “These Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers have been doing a particularly outstanding job of creating a positive tennis experience for people in their communities. Tennis Welcome Centers serve a vital role in delivering tennis, and the TIA is very pleased to recognize these efforts with this award.”

Mark McMahon, USTA National Manager for Tennis Welcome Centers, adds, "The USTA  remains committed in our support of the TIA and of the Tennis Welcome Center Initiative which helps introduce thousands of new players to tennis each year. The Teaching Professionals, managers and staff of the over 2,000 TWC’s play a critical role in insuring the continued growth our sport is experiencing and we are pleased to recognize those TWC’s who have delivered such exemplary service and program quality to their customers”.

To choose the Top 50 TWCs, an independent research firm, Sports Marketing Surveys USA of Jupiter, Fla., received nominations and applications via an online survey. The company then used extensive criteria measures to determine this year’s winners, which also were reviewed by an Awards Committee.

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Contact:  Jolyn de Boer, Executive Director, TIA, 843-686-3036

Mark McMahon, National Manager for Tennis Welcome Centers, USTA, 770-399-8435