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Lakeland City Tennis Courts Dedicated to the Beerman Family

June 29, 2004 03:16 PM

photos by Andy McFarland

Dave and Susie Beerman standing near their dedication plaque.

June 18, 2004 has become a special day in the lives of the Beerman Family.  It is on this day that Veteran’s Park, more commonly known to locals and tennis loyalists as the Lakeland City Courts, was dedicated to the tennis family that has been there since its inception in 1957.  It was then that Carlyle Davis Beerman became the first tennis professional at Veteran’s Park.  Not too many years later, Beerman Sr.’s son, Davis, more commonly known as “Dave,” took the reins of the tennis center which will now and forever be known as the “Beerman Family Tennis Center.”

The ceremony took place on June 18th, led by the Director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Tinsley, with the dedication of the new Beerman Family Tennis Center name and the grand opening of the brand new tennis clubhouse that was constructed between courts 3 and 8.  The new clubhouse took the place of the original building constructed when the park and courts were opened in 1957.  Approximately 200 people were in attendance to witness this historic community occasion, including city councilmen, PCTA tennis pros, tennis families, and league players.

The Beerman Family Tennis Center has been home to one of the largest and most anticipated junior tennis events of the year called the USA Team Tennis (y) Summer Sectionals, more affectionately known in team tennis circles simply as “the Lakeland Tournament.” The event started over 25 years ago with the vision of Bobby Curtis, Robert Hollis and Dave Beerman inviting teams of children from around Florida to play in a weekend long tournament and hosted at Veteran’s Park.  Back then, the tournament capped itself with 32 teams.  Today, the tournament includes over 120 teams and nearly 1,000 players.

The Beerman Family Tennis Center has also seen its share of high performance players training and competing on its courts, including Lakeland locals Tomm Warneke, Kevin Campbell, Jill Brenner and USA Tennis Florida Hall of Famer, Ben McKown, who still teaches tennis lessons at the city courts today.

The Beerman’s, who have dedicated a majority of their lives introducing tennis to the community, have been permanently recognized and etched in history with this new tennis center and there is no tennis family that is more deserving.  However, no matter how many upgrades the tennis facility undergoes, there are still some things that never change; Dave still uses his “one armed bandit” cash register from when the pro-shop first opened.

Dedication Ceremony photo gallery

Plaque showing dedication of tennis center

Director of P&R, Bill Tinsley, addressing the public while Dave and his extended family stand being honored

Director of Tennis, Dave Beerman, giving his acceptance speech

The extended Beerman Family surrounding Dave and Susie Beerman (seated).

Dave Beerman standing proudly before his brand new tennis center – the first one since the original in 1957

The new Beerman Family Tennis Center as onlookers listen to dedication ceremony







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