Tourney’s success shows need for space
Last week, the Park City Racquet Club hit the national scene. For the first time, the club hosted the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Men’s 45s Indoor Championship, welcoming over 40 players from across the country to the event. National titles were given to Michael Rose, 47, of Grosse Pointe, Mich. in singles play and Mike Fedderly (Palm Desert, Calif.) and Tres Cushing (Colleyville, Texas) in doubles competition. Rose won in the finals on Friday, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Cushing took second place. Fedderly and Cushing took the doubles crown winning 6-4, 3-2. Fedderly completed his first-ever Grand Slam with his doubles win. Fedderly also won USTA National Men’s 45s Doubles titles on the hard courts, grass courts and the clay courts. He accomplished this feat with four different partners. According to Racquet Club head tennis professional Warren Pretorius, the event was a huge success and received positive feedback from all of the participants. Unfortunately, its success is creating a problem for Pretorius and Park City. National tournaments want to come to Park City, but the Racquet Club simply can’t bear any more large-scale national events. "We get great reviews for the tournament and the city of Park City," Pretorius said. "If we did any marketing, we could double the size." Currently, Park City doesn’t market any national tennis events for the fear of bursting at the seams. Pretorius says that he has already begun meeting with city officials to discuss options for adding another facility to handle the growing tennis program. Park City also hosts the Men’s 40s Indoor Championship in April and an outdoor Girl’s National 14s open. Pretorius says that the he has been approached to host other events, such as a Futures event (minor league-style tennis tour), but Park City simply doesn’t have the facilities for it. Pretorius says that they don’t need a lot of extra courts, but definitely need more than are currently available at the club. When Park City hosts a national event, other programs have to be cancelled to give the tournament adequate space. He says that in the 14 years that he has been with the program, he has never seen the club this busy. The teaching program is full and open courts fill up quickly every day. "From lessons to open play to league play to tournaments they’re all fighting for court space," Pretorius said. He does acknowledge that this is an ideal problem to have and hopes that the along with the city, some viable options can be determined. "We are exploring options. There are a couple of options for adding another facility," Pretorius said. "Location is the big thing now." The Hamlet Homes professional event is the last of four national Category I tournaments in the 2005 USTA Senior Circuit.
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