NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When the Davis Cup took over Nashville for the tie between the United States Davis Cup team and the Belgium Davis Cup team, tennis fans were spoiled with world-class tennis in Middle Tennessee, and while the competition is over, the impact of the competition is continuing.
When the USTA has a Davis Cup tie in an American city, they always work to leave a lasting impact on the community.
They did just that in Nashville by leaving at least $35,000 to fund projects and programs at Hadley Park through the USTA Davis Cup Legacy Gift.
"This tennis facility is going to be one of the nicest in the county," said Sherry Hipps, superintendent of community programs for Metro Parks.
Hadley Park has had tennis courts that have been available for the public to use for decades, but the new center will make it a prime spot for local tennis.
"It allows us to do more tournaments for high school, for colleges, as well for our own community tennis programs," Hipps said, adding that specifically be valuable for the youth programs they already have in place, and the programs they plan to add thanks to the gift. "We're trying to get more people, more youth playing tennis, so that they can take that skill with them through life."
Metro Parks was already working on a new indoor tennis facility at Hadley Park which should be completed in early summer, and they anticipate the other improvements to the outdoor courts, as well as new tennis programs, should begin in the summer.
To learn more about tennis at Hadley Park and to get information about youth summer camps, you can visit Metro Parks' website.