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COLUMBUS, Ga. — In conjunction with the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA) and the Columbus Consolidated Government, Columbus State University celebrated the official opening of the new tennis complex at Cooper Creek on Thursday, April 6.
The ceremony brought together dignitaries from across the Columbus community, including Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, CSU President Chris Markwood, Director of Athletics Todd Reeser and Executive Director of USTA Georgia Darren Potkey.
“The Cooper Creek Tennis Facility represents excellence in vision, teamwork, and partnership, and is truly one of the top tennis complexes in the country,” Reeser said. “Our student-athletes strive for competitive excellence in all facets of their intercollegiate experience, and the new facility allows them to develop their games to a championship level.”
Thursday’s festivities included the official naming of the complex. The entire expansion will be named the Judy and Roger Pearce Tennis Center.
The 12 hard courts used by the Columbus State men’s and women’s tennis programs will be known as the John W. Walden CSU Tennis Complex and the clubhouse is designated in honor of Nora Garrard.
“We are extremely honored and grateful for all of the people that have made this possible,” CSU head tennis coach Evan Isaacs added. “So many people have worked long hours in order to make this possible, and it truly is a dream come true for this program and me.”
This extraordinary public/private partnership expands Cooper Creek’s previous 30 rubico (clay) court facility by adding nine more rubico courts, 12 hard courts and four ‘quick start’ junior-size courts.
A 12,000 square foot, two story, brick clubhouse has been built in the center of the expansion. The administration of CSU’s nationally-ranked men’s and women’s tennis programs will operate out of the first floor of the clubhouse and the teams will be the primary users of the new 12 hard courts.
The Cougars began playing on the new courts on Feb. 8 and are a combined 19-1 at home this season. The two teams will play their final regular season home match against Lander on Saturday, April 15.