The facility will be constructed on five acres next to the Dededo Sports Complex, on land leased from the government of Guam. It will provide office space for the federation’s headquarters and will begin with six tennis courts, with plans to add an additional five courts. It also will have a locker room, meeting room and space for concessions. The U.S. Tennis Association helped provide the conceptual drawings for the center.
The goal is to build a facility that meets the standards of the International Tennis Federation to allow for international competition, according to Guam National Tennis Federation President Torgun Smith.
Phase one will cost about $1.4M. The federation hopes to get grant funding and sponsors to purchase courts to be named after them to pay for the facility.
The hope is to mirror the success of the Guam Football Association, which has a similar lease in the same area. The soccer federation transformed rocky, empty land into a world-class soccer facility that has hosted World Cup qualifier matches. It’s had growth in its programs and success in international competition since opening the facility.
With the new facility, the tennis federation plans to better develop junior players, hold after-school programs, and offer team coaching, private instruction, wheelchair clinics and other activities. It also hopes to attract tennis clubs from off island to hold camps on Guam, and even professional players to train during the winter or to prepare for competitions such as the Australian Open.
The Guam National Tennis Center will be a boon to strengthening the sport on island, and we wish the federation the best of luck.