Group Tennis Meet & Greet on Jan. 17, Grand Re-Opening on Feb. 2

Gainesville’s public tennis amenities are getting a contemporary new look and a wealth of recent packages for the brand new yr, as USTA Florida and the Metropolis of Gainesville convey “Play Tennis Gainesville” to the colourful faculty city. 

The mantra represents USTA Florida’s dedication to managing all 4 metropolis tennis amenities, and offering a brand new array of play alternatives and facility enhancements for residents and guests to take pleasure in. Gainesville is the third municipality within the state to contract with USTA Florida to handle its public tennis courts. The not-for-profit formally begins managing the courts on Jan. 7, 2019.

“Gainesville has a robust connection to tennis, and we’re working with town to construct on the long-standing relationships gamers have had with the previous tennis administration,” stated USTA Florida Director of Tennis Administration Frank Swope. “We’re excited to satisfy the gamers and residents, first on the Meet & Greet, then on the Grand Re-Opening of the general public amenities.”

Albert Ray Massey (Westside) Park (situated at 1001 NW 34 Avenue in Gainesville) is one among 4 Gainesville public parks that shall be USTA Florida-managed amenities, together with Tom Petty Park (previously Northeast Park at 400 NE 16th Ave.), Northside Park (5751 NW 34th St.), and TB McPherson Park (1717 SE 15th St.).

“We’re dedicated to offering the residents of Gainesville with experiences that enrich their existence and supply alternatives to develop and join with each their households and their neighborhood,” stated Recreation Supervisor for the Metropolis of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division Billy Marcantel. “USTA Florida’s experience, assets and dedication to develop tennis in Gainesville makes this partnership an excellent match for town.”   

USTA Florida will host a neighborhood Meet & Greet on Jan. 17 on the Albert Ray Massey (Westside) Recreation Heart, the place Gainesville residents can select between a lunch time session from noon-1:30 p.m. or a night session from 6-7:30 p.m. All residents are welcome to take care of take pleasure in refreshments and be taught extra about USTA Florida’s plans for the world tennis amenities, meet the brand new head professional over the amenities, hear from Metropolis of Gainesville representatives and interact in a Q&A, and meet with USTA Florida executives and employees who shall be supporting the power and the neighborhood. For particulars, go to

On Feb. 2 your entire neighborhood will seize their racquets for a Grand Re-Opening Competition from noon-Three p.m. on the Joyce Oransky Tennis Heart at Albert Ray Massey (Westside) Park, that includes a free lunch, a tennis exhibition, face portray, photograph sales space, pickleball and tennis play alternatives for households, youth, adults and seniors.

The occasions are coordinated by USTA Florida at the side of the Metropolis of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division. With a robust historical past of neighborhood involvement and USTA Florida partnership, the Gainesville tennis neighborhood can be supported by the Gainesville Space Group Tennis Affiliation (GACTA) which runs a variety of after-school tennis packages, and the powerhouse USTA “Tennis on Campus” College of Florida scholar membership tennis crew and their neighborhood outreach.

The Metropolis of Gainesville’s public tennis amenities may also obtain a completely new digital presence, together with a brand new website online,, the place residents can e-book courts, join packages, and register for particular occasions. Social media channels will allow gamers of all ages to attach with one another and share their experiences each on and off the courts.

Gainesville is the third metropolis with amenities overseen by the USTA Florida Tennis Administration Division, which was established in 2017 to companion with municipalities to run high quality tennis amenities. The settlement between the Metropolis of Gainesville and USTA Florida offers the not-for-profit with the chance to run tennis operations for the following 5 years, with the choice for an extra 5 yr interval.

The USTA Florida Board of Administrators in 2017 unanimously accepted the creation of a brand new Tennis Administration Division to advertise and develop tennis in Florida. USTA Florida Tennis Administration delivers high-quality tennis packages, instructing professionals and administration, using USTA networks and partnerships to make sure tennis grows in native communities for all ages and demographics. USTA Florida Tennis Administration is elevating the requirements for tennis programming and facility administration throughout the state of Florida. For extra data go to

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