Save the Indianapolis Tennis Center
Indianapolis Tennis Center and Downtown Tennis! Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Tennis Center has an illustrious history:
· Site of the US Clay Court Championships (1979-1987)
· ATP Men's Professional Tournament (1988-2009)
· US Davis Cup Quarterfinals (1998)
· USTA Regional Training Center (2009-2010)
· Home to the IUPUI Jaguars Division I Tennis Team
More importantly, the Indianapolis Tennis Center has over 900 members and 200 junior tennis players that use the facility every day. Demolishing the center will deprive them of their tennnis home along with that of the dedicated staff with very little notice. There are not enough indoor tennis facilities in the Indianapolis area to absorb all these players and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace the expertise of the teaching programs of the Indianapolis Tennis Center. Tennis in central Indiana would suffer immeasurably from the Centers' destruction.
Contrary to reports in the news, the Indianapolis Tennis Center is financially sound, having returned over $250,000 to the coffers of IUPUI over the past three years. The Tennis Centers' well-maintained indoor facility is one of the finest in Indianapolis. The indoor courts are nicely designed, with generous space between courts and excellent lighting. The seven outdoors courts are also important to the mission of the center, hosting numerous local and regional tournaments and teaching clinics. The administration and teaching pros are superb as the designation as a USTA Regional Training Center attests to. It is a tennis center for tennis players for whom tennis is a passion. To destroy this facility is a travesty, especially for a little green space, a driveway and a parking garage.
Indianapolis needs more tennis, not less!
We the undersigned, request that IUPUI, the NCAA and City of