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Leftwich Tennis Center partnership
City, University of Memphis, and Tennis Memphis partner for Leftwich Tennis Center expansion
Posted on 08/05/2019
The City of Memphis, University of Memphis and Tennis Memphis have partnered to renovate the Leftwich Tennis Center in Audubon Park. 

Leftwich Tennis Center renovation"I can't say enough about how excited I am for this project to begin," Mayor Jim Strickland said. "And, I'm not the only one. The philanthropic support shown for this has been exceptional. Not only will this be a tremendous asset for the University, but it will be a true gem for our community and all tennis lovers." 

The new facility will feature 32 courts, including 20 outdoor and 12 indoor. Leftwich Tennis Center currently has eight outdoor and four indoor courts. It will remain a public tennis center for all residents to use. In addition, it will serve as the home of the Tigers men's and women's tennis teams. With the completion of the renovation, Leftwich will be able to attract major national tennis tournaments as well as NCAA and conference championships. 

The majority of funding for the project has been privately raised with $3 million coming from the City and $5 million from the University of Memphis. 

"The University of Memphis has been working very closely in partnership with the City of Memphis and Tennis Memphis on the new home for our Tigers men's and women's tennis programs," said University of Memphis President M. David Rudd. "It will be one of the finest tennis facilities in the country, one that all Memphians will be proud of. It is fitting that this is a City-University project because there is a tremendous amount of momentum both on our beautiful campus and in our wonderful city."

"Being a lifelong Memphian and Tiger, I am so excited about this partnership between a University that is in my blood and a city that is dear to my heart," said University of Memphis interim athletic director Allie Prescott

Construction is expected to be completed in January 2021. 

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