Tennis Center of Camden Receives USTA 2021 Outstanding Facility Award

The USTA today announced that the Tennis Center of Camden in Camden, SC, is one of 25 winners in the USTA’s annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. 

The Tennis Center of Camden is a large and well-maintained facility boasting 14 regulation tennis courts, two stadium tennis courts, and 12 pickleball courts all of which are lighted. Its central location in Camden’s downtown district makes it easily accessible for everyone in the community.  With numerous courts and high quality facilities, they are able to host many tournaments and a wide variety of clinics and social-play events.

“Great tennis facilities like the Tennis Center of Camden help us to grow the game at the grassroots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Tennis Center of Camden has embraced many key tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”

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. 

The Tennis Center of Camden is participating in the USTA’s “Growing the Game” program, offering a series of beginner-level lessons this fall for juniors and adults. The goal is to engage and retain new or returning players coming to the game, regardless of age. Residents of Camden and Kershaw County are invited to come out and learn more at the center’s first ever free family Fun Festival on Friday, September 24th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. The Tennis Center of Camden is located at 823 Campbell Street. For more information call 803-432-0252 or follow the Tennis Center of Camden on Facebook.

More About the USTA Outstanding Facility Award

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; Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public; and Educational Institutions such as colleges, universities, public and private grade schools, middle schools, or high schools.

All 2021 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. One of the award winners will earn the prestigious “Featured Facility of the Year” designation and be honored as part of the USTA’s Semi-Annual Meeting later this year. 

The 2021 USTA Outstanding Facility Award winners are:

Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Barceloneta Tennis Academy (Barceloneta, Puerto Rico)
Guam National Tennis Center (Dededo, Guam)
Kinetix Tennis (Norristown, Pa.)
Lighthouse Point Tennis Center (Lighthouse Point, Fla.)

Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Barnes Tennis Center (San Diego)
City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis and Pickleball Center (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Delray Beach Tennis Center (Delray Beach, Fla.)
HCC Tennis Center (Tampa, Fla.)
International Tennis Hall of Fame / Hall of Fame Tennis Club (Newport, R.I.)
Mesa Tennis Center (Mesa, Ariz.)
Rick Macci Tennis and Fitness Center (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Rock Hill Tennis Center (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Southlake Tennis Center (Southlake, Texas)
SVB Tennis and Wellness Center (Zephyrhills, Fla.)
Tennis Center of Camden (Camden, S.C.)
The Swim and Racquet Center (Boca Raton, Fla.)

Private Facilities
Court 16 (Long Island City, N.Y.)
DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
Matrix Racquet Club (Lowell, Ark.)
Raleigh Racquet Club (Raleigh, N.C.)
The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club (Keller, Texas)
Top Seed Tennis Club (Nicholasville, Ky.)

Educational Institutions
Marshalltown Court Complex (Marshalltown, Iowa)
St. James High School Tennis Courts (St. James, Minn.)
The Prout School (Wakefield, R.I.)