10 Finalists Named in ‘Best Tennis Town’ Contest

July 19, 2010

Ten finalists have been selected—from an initial group of 82 cities that submitted entries—in the USTA’s “Best Tennis Town” competition. Fans across the country can now vote for the community that they feel best exemplifies tennis’ positive impact at the local level in terms of passion, excitement and spirit.

The 2010 Best Tennis Town winner will be determined by a nationwide online vote at Voting ends on July 26 at 11:59 a.m. ET. The top three finalists will travel to New York City, where the winner will be revealed during a ceremony at the 2010 US Open. The winner will take home the 2010 “Best Tennis Town” title, an accompanying trophy and $100,000 to be used for community-wide tennis programming or facility enhancements.

The search for America’s “Best Tennis Town” is the USTA’s second nationwide search to identify the local area—from small, rural towns to large, urban metro areas and everywhere in between—that best exhibits the qualities of a great tennis community. The winner of the inaugural competition in 2009 was Midland, Mich.

“For the second year in a row, the ‘Best Tennis Town’ competition has inspired tennis players across the country to show off the enthusiasm of their communities,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “With more than 30 million players hitting the courts nationwide, this year’s competition will showcase even more communities as they follow the example set forth by last year’s winner—Midland, Mich.”

Each of the ten finalist towns are profiled on, including each community’s video submission displaying their town’s spirit and passion for tennis, as well as the impact that tennis has had on an individual, an organization and/or the community as a whole.

Second- and third-prize winners will receive $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, to be used for community-wide tennis programming and/or facility enhancements. The seven communities receiving honorable mentions will each receive a $2,000 tennis equipment package.