LOCATION OF PLANNED USTA MID-ATLANTIC TENNIS CAMPUS REVEALED
Tennis visionaries weigh in on campus and impact for the sport
Following an announcement by USTA Mid-Atlantic on March 10, 2022 of plans to build a state-of-the-art 36-court tennis campus in Loudoun County, Va., the nonprofit organization is now able to share specifics on the location of the campus.
USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is pleased to announce that, subject to a zoning approval, the tennis campus will be part of The Village at Clear Springs, an innovative planned residential community located south of Heritage High School, between Evergreen Mills Road and the Dulles Greenway in Leesburg, Va.
The tennis campus will be the premier amenity of this proposed master planned community. On 246 acres, The Village at Clear Springs is planned to have a diverse slate of housing types, parks and a natural environment with an abundance of active and passive recreational amenities for residents and visitors. USTA Mid-Atlantic will work with Clear Springs Development Group, which has gifted the 20-acre parcel of land for the tennis campus development.
The announcement of the tennis campus has garnered interest and praise from world renowned visionaries and thought leaders in tennis from the Mid-Atlantic region, notably one of the greatest tennis players of all time and equality champion Billie Jean King.
“The new USTA Mid-Atlantic tennis campus will create champions in tennis and in life, providing increased access and opportunity for our sport and for the region,” said Billie Jean King. “This campus will be a place where diverse groups come together to connect through the sport, meeting the social, emotional and physical needs of the community.”
Baltimore native and former professional tennis player, ESPN commentator and International Tennis Hall of Famer, Pam Shriver shared her views on the campus project.
“This tennis campus just makes sense – for the public, for local communities and for the sport itself. Being from the Mid-Atlantic region, I know the history and depth of the sport there and this project from USTA Mid-Atlantic not only will fortify tennis in the area, it has immense potential to take the game to new heights,” Shriver stated.
Citi Open Chairman and CEO, Mark Ein shared commentary on the importance of access to tennis at the grassroots level and how the campus will contribute to growing the game. Ein has a deep commitment to the success of sports in the Washington, D.C. region and grew up playing tennis in the region and being heavily involved in the sport in leadership roles.
“The Citi Open is proud to support the mission of the USTA Mid-Atlantic to grow the game of tennis throughout the DMV,” Ein shared “Grassroots tennis is a vital contributor to developing a passionate and engaged local tennis community and that starts with access. This new state-of-the-art tennis campus will allow the USTA Mid-Atlantic to greatly expand its programming for, and impact on, recreational and competitive players alike. We look forward to continuing to build upon our long-standing partnership with the USTA Mid-Atlantic and collaborate with this new facility long into the future.”
Lending viewpoints on the project is another visionary in the sports and entertainment industry Phil de Picciotto, founder and president of Octagon. de Picciotto, a front-runner on areas of lasting societal importance, has ties to the Mid-Atlantic region and pioneered Octagon with tennis talent representation and events. He had this to say about the tennis campus:
“The new USTA MAS tennis campus will be unlike anything in the region and will further cement the culture of sport and entertainment in the DMV,” de Picciotto said. “Players, future players, and fans will get to see the sport in a completely new environment which I think will spark an enormous opportunity for growth.”
The outpouring of support and commentary about the USTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Campus from local community members, tennis players and thought leaders has been encouraging.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors granted approval for the $250,000 incentive package offered to USTA Mid-Atlantic during the March 15 meeting.
There are still a number of other milestones to accomplish for the project, and as they unfold USTA Mid-Atlantic continues its mission and work to make tennis accessible through wide-reaching programs and play opportunities.
The organization is currently accepting applications for its Junior Scholarship Program, which helps youth players at any level – beginners to advance – pay for expenses related to tennis. This can be anything from classes at their local park and recreation to entry fees for tournaments, to equipment and more. Applications for the USTA Mid-Atlantic Tennis Court Refurbishment Grant and Community Engagement Grant are also open to help communities enhance tennis infrastructure and offer accessible tennis programs for the public.
USTA Mid-Atlantic will conduct a capital campaign to secure funding to make the campus plan a reality. USTA MAS will seek additional partners, corporate entities and individuals aligned with the mission and shared values for tax-deductible contributions and grants to support funding the project cost. For more information about the tennis campus, visit www.ustamidatlantictenniscampus.com. Those interested in getting involved with the project can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.