The Phoenician’s renowned Tennis Complex, one of the largest resort facilities in the Southwest, has been named by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a 2015 Outstanding Facility Award Winner. The honor will be presented Sunday, September 6, during the USTA’s semi-annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, coinciding with the U.S. Open.
The award, now in its 34th year, was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game. The Phoenician’s Tennis Complex was judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to the site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the resort’s participation in USTA programs.
Nestled between two fairways along the eastern edge of the AAA Five Diamond resort, The Phoenician’s premier tennis facility is the only one of its kind in the region to offer four playing surfaces on 11 outdoor courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard-surface courts, two courts with the revolutionary Rebound Ace surface, and a Prestige Plexicushion surface on center court, which also features spectator seating. The Tennis Complex, with 10 of its 11 courts lit for evening play, is available for USTA league competition, tournaments and special events, and is open to resort guests as well as the general public.
“Great tennis facilities like The Phoenician’s help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, community tennis, USTA. “The Phoenician has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of their community each year.”
The Phoenician’s tennis program, led by Head Professional Jason Purcell, now employs seven full-time professionals and support staff, who design and direct such activities as a year-round junior academy, 10-and-under tennis instruction, league clinics, resort and local “live ball,” and private classes. In addition, the facility hosts more than 20 adult USTA and regional league teams for match play, instructional programs, and playoff and championship events. The Phoenician staff also contributes many hours to support local charity events, such as Tennis with a Cause, Battle of the Sexes, and breast cancer fundraisers.