The night will feature some of Atlanta’s legendary tennis tales shared by the legends themselves. Moderated by Sam Crenshaw, sports reporter and anchor for 11 Alive News, the program will recognize key figures in Atlanta’s colorful tennis history while raising awareness of the future vision for the Tennis Center.
Author Robert Anthony “Tony” Rives will be available to sign copies of Tennistown, USA: A Georgia Tennis Scrapbook. The book covers 100 years of Georgia’s tennis history, and features photos, biographies and anecdotes about Georgia’s greatest tennis heroes.
All auction proceeds will benefit the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis (“Friends”) (www.bitsytennis.com) and its ongoing efforts to help enhance the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, located in Atlanta Memorial Park.
Currently, efforts are underway to fund and develop a Master Site Plan for Bitsy. Friends has identified – with the assistance of public surveys of Bitsy patrons – several potential areas of improvements, including:
- Coordination and monitoring of the Path Foundation Trail development through to the Atlanta Beltline (www.beltline.org)
- Expansion of passive and active field areas to provide more green space for Bitsy patrons
- Construction of more shaded tennis viewing areas
- Beautification of the grounds
- Creation of additional parking
- Building of more tennis courts and related athletic facilities, such as exercise/training rooms and platform tennis courts
About the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center
The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center (BGTC) is a City of Atlanta recreation facility. Like the Bobby Jones Golf Course, which is also located at Atlanta Memorial Park, the tennis center is named for an Atlanta sports legend. Originally built in 1952, BGTC is now the largest public tennis facility in Atlanta, offering 23 lighted hard and clay (hydro-court har-tru) courts.
Header & logo credit to Theo Rudnak.