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From the ATP site:
March 17, 2003
Houston Named City of the Year By International Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that Houston, Texas has been selected as the 2003 "City of the Year." The Hall of Fame's City of the Year program was inaugurated in 1989 and honors cities for their contributions to the sport of tennis.
The "City of the Year" program challenges tennis organizations within a selected city to expand public awareness of tennis, encourage increased participation in the sport at all levels, while emphasizing the character-building and development of youth tennis players. Houston was selected as "City of the Year" because of its outstanding tennis leaders and junior tennis programming, in addition to the dedication and commitment of bringing quality tennis events to the area.
The state of Texas has become one of America's promising tennis regions, with more than 47,000 registered United States Tennis Association (USTA) members. The Houston Tennis Association has over 3,600 registered members and the Houston National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) experienced a participation increase of 30% this past year, with more than 4,000 kids swinging racquets in community tennis programs.
Currently, Houston's Westside Tennis Club is the home of the US Men's Clay Court Championships. Since 2001, this tournament has become one of the ATP's most successful events, which features top players Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Andy Roddick. This success prompted the USTA to select Houston as the site of the 2002 Davis Cup Quarterfinal between the US and Spain. A highly successful international event, it received local support from former President George Bush and numerous Houston dignitaries.
Owners of the Westside Tennis Club, Jim and Linda McIngvale, are committed Houston tennis leaders, and put together a successful bid for the Tennis Masters Cup in 2003 and 2004. The culminating event of the professional season, the Tennis Masters Cup features the top seven players in the ATP Champions Race, plus eligible Grand Slam champions, and has featured the crowning of the World No. 1 each of the past three years. Due in large part to the enthusiasm of Houston's leaders, the Tennis Masters Cup will be combined with the Tennis Masters Cup Doubles in 2003 and 2004, marking a combination of the events for the first time since 1985. The event will be staged in a new 8,500 seat outdoor stadium, and will be lit for night play.
Houston is also the home of the World Headquarters of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. With more than 12,500 members worldwide, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport.
Houston's tennis history also includes: the first Virginia Slims tournament was played in Houston on September 23, 1970, and was the groundbreaker for all Virginia Slims future tournaments; in 1973, the Houston Astrodome set the stage for the "Battle of the Sexes" match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, where 30,000+ tennis fans gathered in the dome to watch this historic event; and former WTA professional Zina Garrison, the world's No. 4 ranked player in 1989, is a Houston native.
Houston is the eleventh city to be honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame as "City of the Year." For the full list, go to www.tennisfame.com
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