USTA Texas announced that Abilene, Texas has been selected to host the 2017 Texas Junior Grand Slam, the nation's longest continuous play tennis tournament, from June 9-17.
To determine the 2017-2019 Grand Slam site, a bid process was put in place to allow any city or organization interested in hosting the event an opportunity to present its case. A special selection committee of volunteers was formed to review all bids and ultimately select the next host city. The members of this committee were appointed by the USTA Texas President and included Management committee members as well as representatives from the Officials and Junior Tennis Council committees.
Because of the unique nature of the Grand Slam, the selection committee was tasked with analyzing the strength of the proposals as it relates to the commitment and involvement of the host community. After careful evaluation of all bids, the volunteer committee chose Abilene for its demonstrated strong partnership between the business and tennis communities.
Abilene will serve as host city for over 1,000 tennis players and their families this June for the annual event.
Registration information for the event can be found on the USTA Texas youth website, www.youthtennistexas.com.
-The 3-year bid application was distributed to Community Tennis Associations and made available on www.texas.usta.com
-No former host cities, including most recent host College Station, submitted a bid to host the 2017 Grand Slam
-Abilene has successfully hosted USTA Texas events including multiple JTT Section Championships and League Championships
-Abilene is home to more than 100 courts including 12 indoor courts to be used for backup in case of rain
-There are 3,400 hotel rooms in Abilene with an average nightly rate of $90
-Three universities are headquartered in Abilene including Abilene Christian University (DI), McMurry University (DIII) and Hardin Simmons University (DIII)
USTA Texas is a volunteer run organization made up of committee members who serve two-year terms. For more information on how you can serve on a USTA Texas committee, please visit our Volunteer Manual and Deadlines.