The United Tennis Association has awarded Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department its 2022 Outstanding Facility Award. The award recognizes the High Point Tennis Center as an exemplary facility committed to the growth and development of tennis in the community.
“We could not be more pleased to have received this award for not only being one of the most exemplary tennis facilities in the country, but for offering so many outstanding opportunities for all ages and abilities, to learn and experience all aspects of the wonderful sport of tennis,” recreation services manager Susie Hergenrader said.
High Point hosts more than 112,000 tennis sessions per year. The city completed a $5.8 million renovation of the facility last year. Those renovations included an 8,000-square-foot two-story pro shop with restrooms, self-serve concessions, and vending area along with an array of tennis racquets, clothing, shoes and accessories. A social meeting space and catering bar were also added.
According to Hergenrader, the tennis center was recommended for recognition by various members of the public and city staff. That motivated the parks department to apply for any award opportunities that presented themselves.
She credits the architects and JBI Partners, Inc. for the unique and beautiful design of the new pro shop and the entire renovation of the tennis venue. They worked in consultation with City of Plano staff to design the new facility as well as oversee the entire complex’s renovation.
Hergenrader adds that the award is not just for the facility itself. It is also about High Point Tennis Center’s long time commitment to the growth and development of tennis in the community.
“It is Ken Sumrow, our tennis professional, who has managed operations at High Point Tennis Center since it was first built in 1978, and his outstanding staff, with great support from our office staff who work at the facility, who are most responsible for its success,” she says. “Ken’s ability to attract and retain elite teaching and coaching staff, some of whom have previously served as collegiate and USTA National coaches, and even coached players at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, provides for a high-quality tennis program for this community. Ken’s passion and commitment to provide a wide variety of tennis opportunities for all ages and abilities for this community is what makes High Point Tennis Center so special.”
The Outstanding Facility Award will be presented to the city on Aug. 16 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.