Southlake Tennis Center (STC), located within Bicentennial Park, continues to earn accolades for its high standards, professional staff and outstanding programs. The latest is being named Municipal Facility of the Year for 2012 by Racquet Sports Industry magazine, which presents annual awards for the best tennis facilities, pro shops, retail services and tennis court construction. This award is on the heels of Southlake Tennis Center being named a 2011 National Outstanding Facility by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and a 2011 QuickStart Facility of the Year by the Texas Section of the USTA.
According to an excerpt from the magazine: “If there is one word to describe Southlake Tennis Center in Southlake, Texas, it would be “active.” Between league matches, 10 and Under Tennis, lessons, clinics and tournaments, the joint is always jumping.”
Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager for Southlake Tennis Center, confirms participation in both adult and junior programs is up and the courts are busier than ever.
“To be recognized as one of the best tennis facilities in the country an incredible honor for myself, the staff and City of Southlake. Tennis is my passion and I put my heart and soul into the game, the players, and making the facility the best in the Dallas Fort Worth area,” Gordon- Poorman states, noting STC is known for its outstanding junior program. “Our motto is ‘tennis is for everyone’ so I make sure our schedule accommodates both the recreational player and the player training for tournaments.”
Owned by the City of Southlake, Southlake Tennis Center is the second largest public tennis facility in the DFW metroplex. Constructed to maximize viewing and player enjoyment, the original 13 courts surround a circular center court stadium that is accessible from both the east and west, with tiered levels for viewing. Six courts were added in 2010 in two banks of three to maximize land use. The facility added QuickStart permanent lines, and a handful of courts have blended lines. Each pair of courts has a bench with a shade structure and water jug and individual courts have benches with umbrellas. Open seven days a week, STC maintains a full schedule year-round with adult league play, a junior program, private and group lessons, and tournaments.
“Working with the city has been tremendous,” says Gordon-Poorman. “Twenty years ago they added a half-cent sales tax that goes toward parks and rec, which has enabled us to do some really great things, including this tennis center.”