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USTA's $550M Overhaul Of National Tennis Center Includes Three Covered Courts
Published August 16, 2013
UNDER PRESSURE: In N.Y., Naila-Jean Meyers notes the U.S. Open was the only Grand Slam event that “did not have at least one showcase court with a roof, or plans for one.” Smith said that the USTA “felt competitive pressure to improve facilities not only from the other Grand Slam events but also from local sports teams, which are all playing in new or recently renovated stadiums and arenas.” USTA officials had long said that they were “committed to adding a roof on Ashe as soon as they could figure out how, but a roof was not initially in the renovation project when it was announced last year.” National Tennis Center COO Danny Zausner said that if the plans “received the necessary approvals from various city agencies, construction of the Ashe roof could begin as early as next spring” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/16).