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Outstanding Facilities


2017 Outstanding Facility Award Winner: Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center - Bristol, TN


USTA Tennessee is proud to have eight USTA Outstanding Facilities in the state of Tennessee - with the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Facility Award going to the Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center in Bristol, Tenn.

The Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center was inspired by the vision of Bristol youth tennis advocate, Rogers McCall, past USTA Southern Tennessee State President and supporter of USTA and NJTL.  Four courts will have 10 and Under lines painted, and the facility was initiated and built as a public-private partnership promoting community, wellness, and sportsmanship through the sport of tennis. This partnership includes Bristol Tennessee City Schools and the City of Bristol.


Tennessee Outstanding Facility Award Winners List
Year Facility Award Type City
1984 Tyson Park Public Knoxville
1992 Centennial Tennis Public Nashville
2002 Nashboro Village Athletic Club Large Nashville
2003 Williamson County Park & Recreation Indoor Sports Complex Small Franklin
2003 Racquet Club of Memphis Private Memphis
2008 Manker Paton Private Chattanooga
2016 McCallie School Strang-Voges Tennis Center Educational Chattanooga
2017 Ida Stone Jone Community Tennis Center Public Bristol



To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to 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 facilities’ participation in USTA programs.

Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.

All 2017 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools and those professionals responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.

All 2017 Outstanding Facilities will be honored at the Next Generation: A Tennis Innovation Workshop at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, Oct. 11-15.