Memphis Partners With Nonprofit To Renovate Leftwich Tennis Center
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that the city, the Univ. of Memphis and nonprofit organization Tennis Memphis have partnered for a $19M "expansion of Leftwich Tennis Center," according to Daniel Oyefusi of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The expansion will "include 32 courts -- 12 indoors and 20 outdoors." Strickland said that while the courts will be "open to the public, the university will have priority for court times." Construction will "begin this fall, with the outdoor courts expected to be finished" by fall '20 and indoor courts "expected to be ready" by spring '21. Of the $19M, $3M will come from the city, $5M will come from the university and the remaining $11M will be "raised through private donors." Strickland said that $18M has been "raised for the project so far." A UM spokesperson said that the university's tennis teams will "play at Rhodes College, Memphis University School and other public courts during the expansion project" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/6).