June 3rd, 2016

USTA Florida Breaks Ground, Joins Orlando’s Lake Nona Sports & Performance District

General News Adult Tennis News Youth Tennis News New USTA Florida Headquarters At Lake Nona

USTA Florida broke ground on a new headquarters and a new era for the association on Friday, June 3, 2016 in the Lake Nona Sports & Performance District of Orlando, adjacent to the $100 million USTA National Campus currently under construction.

USTA Florida Headquarters rendering

USTA Florida Headquarters rendering

The event was a joint groundbreaking effort with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), which is also relocating its headquarters. Also on hand were executives from Tavistock Development Company, developer of Lake Nona and the Sports & Performance District, and the USTA national body.

“This move has literally been years in the making, and I can’t tell you how excited we are to be part of the Sports and Performance District at Lake Nona, and to have USPTA as our neighbors,” said USTA Florida President Nancy Horowitz. “I’ve been involved with tennis and USTA Florida for about 40 years — first as an official but most frequently as a volunteer. What’s most special about this announcement for me is not the impact that it will have here, but how the work we do together will resonate and leave a lasting impact on communities across the state and the country.”

USTA Florida and the USPTA will be neighbors in the Lake Nona Sports & Performance District, each housed in 10,000 square foot buildings featuring technologically-driven office space and a gigabit fiber network, among the fastest data speeds in the world.

Doug Andy Nancy Shovel“What’s very unique about these associations is that staff and volunteers meld together seamlessly,” said USPTA President and USTA Florida volunteer Chuck Gill. “That’s a tribute to the past and future leaders, both volunteers and staff.”

Lake Nona is one of the Top 10 fastest-growing communities in America, and in addition the Sports & Performance district will house Major League Soccer’s Orlando City Soccer Club’s Training Center and Elite Youth Academy, and additional sports entities to be named as the district expands.

Eighteen of the largest USTA Florida League sectionals and junior amateur events have already been scheduled at the USTA National Campus in 2017, events where more than 8,000 players will be able to experience the cutting-edge facility.

“Moving our headquarters to the Lake Nona Sports & Performance District will better position us to grow tennis,” said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth. “We will be able to test new ideas and replicate best practices for growing tennis in communities across the state. Both community tennis providers and USTA Florida members will benefit directly from this move.”

The Lake Nona Sports & Performance District offers a forward-thinking platform for sports and performance-related organizations in training, nutrition, human performance and health technology with unique resources including: a gigabit fiber network for fitness, sports and performance applications and high-bandwidth video; and sports medicine practices in conjunction with Lake Nona Medical City partners.

For more information on the Lake Nona Sports & Performance District click here.

For daily updated Florida tennis news go to www.ustaflorida.com.