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Nominate Florida's Best Tennis Town

April 7, 2010 07:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- April 8, 2010 --
Does your Florida town or city have what it takes to be the Nation's Best Tennis Town?

Tennis is played from coast to coast in small, rural towns, large, urban metro areas, and everywhere in-between. And the United States Tennis Association wants to know if your community has what it takes to be named Best Tennis Town!

From now through June 28, 2010, town leaders can nominate their community for the 2010 Best Tennis Town contest.

Click here to nominate your town today for a chance to win $100,000 for your tennis community!

Five Florida cities/towns sent in applications for the 2009 contest: Gainesville, Vero Beach, Lighthouse Point, Plantation and Longboat Key.

There is only one nomination allowed for each community, so please be sure to work with leaders in your community to create a joint entry.

Last year the town of Midland, Mich., was named the winner of the USTA's Best Tennis Town search. The announcement was made during a special ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2009 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. As America's Best Tennis Town, Midland -- which garnered the most votes during the nationwide, online balloting period -- received a $100,000 grant from the USTA to be used for community-wide tennis programming or facility enhancements.

Representatives from the top three vote-getting communities in contention for Best Tennis Town -- Midland, Ojai, Calif., and Independence, Kan. -- were all in attendance. The city of Ojai, the first runner-up to Midland, took home a $50,000 community tennis grant from the USTA for their local tennis programs, and second runner-up Independence received a $25,000 USTA grant.





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