The tennis courts at City of Houston’s Sunnyside Park have been resurfaced, thanks in part to contributions made by ATP World Tour stars who participated in April’s Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
The two courts at the park were flooded in 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey. The facility is one of 44 locally where the Houston Tennis Association (HTA) holds National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) programs for 6,000 kids annually.
Seven ATP players – Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, John Isner, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe – joined with tournament organizers to donate over $20,000 to the project. The HTA and Houston City Council Member Dwight A. Boykins also contributed funding to the project.
“The transformation of these courts is really incredible to see,” said Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship Tournament Director Bronwyn Greer. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with these ATP stars to make a direct and tangible impact on the youth in our community. I’m eager to share the results with these players, and hope we can make a return visit with them next April.”
Many of the players who donated to the project also took time during the tournament in April to visit Sunnyside and meet with NJTL participants.
The NJTL programs of the HTA are the official beneficiary of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament held each April at River Oak’s Country Club.
The NJTL programs, which were founded by 1969 US Clay champion Arthur Ashe, are designed to develop the character of children through tennis and education. In Houston, NJTL programs are made possible through a partnership between the HTA and the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department. Nationally, NJTL programs are supported by the United States Tennis Association Foundation.
The 2019 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship will be held April 6-14 at River Oaks Country Club. Series ticket packages for seats in the boxes and grandstand will go on sale Monday, Oct. 1. Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale Dec. 1.