The Washington Open began in 1969 and competition was originally held on outdoor clay courts until 1986, when it switched to the current hard courts. Throughout its existence, the tournament has been closely associated with Donald Dell, founder of ProServ International, who was instrumental in its creation, and the location of the event in Washington, D.C. was chosen at the urging of Arthur Ashe, an early supporter.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center unveiled its latest improvement this week; one which will guarantee more fans the ability to see live tennis, even during inclement weather.
The Tennis Center at College Park is a private tennis facility located close to the main part of the University of Maryland campus. It is a 32-court tennis facility featuring indoor, outdoor, hard, red and green clay courts. The Junior Tennis Champions Center, a program to assist and develop young tennis talent is also located at the Tennis Center at College Park.
Located in Penn Park, the Hamlin Tennis Center is the home of the Penn men’s and women’s tennis teams. The facility was opened in the fall of 2011. The facility has 12 all-weather courts and six of the courts can be viewed from stadium seating. It is located next door to the Multidimensional Amphitheater, Penn’s softball field. Also with Penn Park is the Hecht Tennis Center, which is the indoor home to the Penn tennis programs.
Day 4 of the Sydney Test saw temperatures exceed 41°C (105°F), although as official temperature recordings are always taken in the shade it was much hotter on the field. Various media organisations and experts used “black globe” thermometers to show temperatures upwards of 57°C (134°).
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has thrust the Sydney stadium spotlight firmly onto provision for a new multi-use indoor arena, claiming an urgent upgrade is needed on the current facilities should the harbour city look to host the proposed revitalised World Teams Cup. The Sydney International currently utilises the facilities built for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, with centre court known as Ken Rosewall Arena, however doesn’t have the required corporate and player facilities to host a major ATP event.