The USTA comes to Charlotte

Lewis Sherr (left) and Gordon Smith discuss the USTA’s plans during their Charlotte visit.
Photo by: TIFFIN WARNOCK / STAFF
The U.S. Tennis Association’s Gordon Smith and Lewis Sherr visited SBJ/SBD headquarters in Charlotte on Monday, updating staff members on improvements at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and plans for the “new home of American tennis” in Florida.

Smith, the organization’s executive director and chief operating officer, and Sherr, chief revenue officer, detailed the $500 million renovation plan for the National Tennis Center, home to the U.S. Open. It includes a retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium and a new Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand. The project is scheduled to continue through 2018.

The new training center in Florida is part of the Lake Nona development in Orlando. It is scheduled to have more than 100 courts when it opens in 2016 and will be home to the organization’s community tennis and player development divisions. It is to cost about $50 million.

The USTA’s managing director of corporate communications, Chris Widmaier, was also among those visiting.

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