The USTA is no stranger to giving grants and assisting with the cleanup of public tennis facilities and that legacy will carry on in Jacksonville. The USTA says it will refurbish courts at the Clanzel T. Brown Park tennis facility, located right in the heart of Jacksonville. This is part of the USTA’s Davis Cup Legacy program. The program, which is over 10 years old, is designed to leave a permanent tennis legacy and "give back" in the communities which host Davis Cup ties in the United States.
The USTA hopes this promotes 10 and Under Tennis and youth tennis in Jacksonville, Fla., which hosted the Davis Cup World Group First Round against Brazil.
One of the courts at Clanzel T. Brown Park will be converted into four permanent 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts with fencing, nets, and center straps.
The seven other courts will be resurfaced and have blended lines placed on the courts to make them 60-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts.
From the USTA:
“We are having a very positive experience in Jacksonville and are pleased with the way the community has embraced tennis and the Davis Cup this week,” said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “The USTA’s mission is to grow tennis and give all people of all ages access to the game. We are proud to work with the City of Jacksonville to achieve this goal and leave a permanent footprint in this Davis Cup town with the Davis Cup Legacy.”
"This is a great example of how investing in sports and entertainment can create a lasting investment for our community. More than a game, we are talking about the game of life and I am proud to enter into this new partnership to strengthen the tools and resources to refine skills and promote leadership in the next generation," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. "The USTA and Davis Cup Legacy program should be commended for helping the City of Jacksonville carry out this important work in our community."
The project is expected to cost $42,000 ,and it is jointly funded by the USTA, the USTA Florida section, and the City of Jacksonville.
The Davis Cup Legacy, USTA Professional and Community tennis partner will leave a lasting memory in communities that host Davis Cup ties.
The U.S. is playing Brazil in the this first round Davis Cup tie. If the U.S. wins, they will host Serbia and world No. 1Novak Djokovic in the second round.