The City of South Fulton is giving its tennis center a makeover. The 24 courts at 5645 Mason Road in Atlanta — 20 hard courts and four clay courts — will receive new playing surfaces, new striping, nets, poles and other equipment.
“This project will take our facility to the next level,” said Tony Phillips, director of the City of South Fulton’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. Phillips added, “We are looking forward to it because this project will have a broad impact both for city residents and the metro-wide tennis community.”
Phillips said the renovations will greatly boost the city’s drive to achieve certification from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The project, which will cost just under $557,000, is slated for completion in early August.
Signature Tennis Courts, Inc. of Woodstock will manage the project. The company has completed similar jobs for many top, local communities and organizations, including Georgia Tech, Piedmont Driving Club, Reynolds Plantation, Druid Hills Golf Club, and Horseshoe Bend Country Club, which was voted the USTA Facility of the Year in 2015.
In addition to hosting professional, semi-professional, collegiate, and recreational tournaments that draw participants in the hundreds, the tennis center also offers instructional programs for area youth. Last year, tennis legend Venus Williams conducted an impromptu workshop on one of its courts after she competed in an exhibition match at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
“She spent an hour sharing a motivational message and hitting balls with many of the children,” Phillips said, adding the Williams told the crowd she got her start on similar courts. “We want to develop a venue that will allow us to attract more events of that caliber.”