Advantage: Abilene, as City Selected to Host USTA Grand Slam Section Championships
19 Jan, 2017
The Abilene Tennis Association, the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Abilene Sports Alliance have partnered to play host to the CHAMPIONSHIP MASTERS (12s), CHAMPIONSHIP MASTERS (14s–18s) and the GRAND SLAM SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS for three years. This nine-day tennis tournament will be held June 9-17 in 2017 and will bring approximately 1,100 Championship and Super Championship players (12U, 14U, 16U and 18U) from across the state of Texas to Abilene. Not only will these superstars take to the courts, but their friends and families will join them to converge in Abilene to show support for their champions.
Abilene will host the greatest junior tennis players in the state and the real advantage to Abilene is the economic impact this tournament will bring to the city. The ACVB estimates attendance of 2,700 with players, parents and officials during the beginning of the week and 290 by the week’s end as players who are eliminated will gradually leave. The economic impact of this tournament is estimated at $1.8 million per year, with a total impact of $5.5 million over three years. This is one of the nation’s largest tennis tournaments and one of the largest events, in terms of economic impact, for Abilene.
“The enthusiast support of the Abilene Tennis Association made this bid possible,” Debi Schultz, Director of Sales for the ACVB. “Without their support, we could not have submitted such a strong and dynamic proposal. The ACVB was up against several impressive cities and metropolitan areas. Winning such a huge bid like this speaks to the community of Abilene, the support our residents have for visitors and the strong sense of southern hospitality.”
“It will be fun to showcase what a family friendly town Abilene is and how strong the sport of tennis is in our community...and always has been as we host the country’s largest junior tennis tournament,” Rick Meyers President of Abilene Tennis Association and Tennis Professional said.
USTA Texas is headquartered in Austin and is a nonprofit volunteer organization committed to promoting the game of tennis by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages, abilities, circumstances, and lifestyles. Their youth model features an accessible pathway of tennis which includes programs and tournaments that provide social, health, and psychological benefits for children. Their junior department staff works with individual players, organizations, and communities to develop and promote the lifetime sport of tennis throughout the great state of Texas. Abilene is proud to host the Grand Slam Section Championships for this organization the next three years.