Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Cooper Creek Tennis Expansion

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Partnering with the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA) and the city of Columbus, Columbus State University helped break ground Monday, Nov. 9 for the new additions coming to the Cooper Creek Tennis Center.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, CSU President Chris Markwood and CORTA Expansion Project Chair Will White put shovels into the ground as part of the ceremony.

The expansion to the existing facilities will become the new home of the Columbus State men's and women's tennis programs.

"This has been a dream come true for me," said tennis head coach Evan Isaacs. "Since I've been the coach here, I've wanted to upgrade the facilities. I feel like Columbus State and the City of Columbus deserve a first-rate tennis facility."

Nearly seven acres of land has been cleared to make room for the new expansion. The expansion will include 12 new hard courts, nine clay courts and four "QuickStart" courts.

A new clubhouse will also be built, providing locker rooms for the two programs as well as coaches' offices and new offices for CORTA.

"The new facility is going to help us attract future student-athletes that we hope will help us reach our ultimate goal of a national championship," added Isaacs.

The current clearing of the area is expected to last through October, with an expected opening of August 2016.

The Columbus State tennis programs have made a combined 24 NCAA Tournament appearances during Issacs' 14 years at the helm. The Cougars reached the second round in 2015, while the Lady Cougars made their fourth appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals.

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