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Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center
The Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center will be the host of many large tennis events this upcoming year including the Jr. Team Tennis State Championships, the Florence Tennis Association Boys and Girls High School Championships, the USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles State Championships, and a 25K Women’s Pro Tournament to name a few.
 
When asked what his vision was for the facility, Director of Tennis Brian Parkkonen said "I want this to be the high performance tennis center."
 
The Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center features 24 asphalt courts, 6 Har-Tru clay courts and a tennis activity center with outdoor decking. The activity center includes a lounge area, student study area with computers, restrooms, locker rooms, meeting and office space and a pro shop.  The facility is perfect for tournaments and can easily host a large number of players. The largest event hosted there to date was the State Mixed Doubles Championship which brought in 1,200 players.  
 
The USTA South Carolina Jr. Team Tennis State Championships will be held the weekend of July 20-22, and will host approximately 250 players on teams from local leagues around the state. Teams qualify for advancement by winning their local league season. The Jr. Team Tennis Championships is composed of coed teams with age groups from 8 and Under all the way up to 18 and Under. The winners in each age and skill level will move on to compete in the USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Championships in Auburn, Alabama.
 
The Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center is also an economic powerhouse for the Florence community with a projected yearly economic impact of around nine million dollars. By bringing in large numbers of out-of-state players for tournaments, the tennis center will help boost local businesses, as well as getting players on the court.
 
Ed Sprenger, Vice President of the Florence Tennis Association, states that the new tennis center has helped free up the Timrod Park facility from league bookings so more families can get out and play for free, it has encouraged more private club competition, and has sparked an interest in younger kids who have been inquiring about lessons.
 
The location of the facility is ideally situated for easy access and participation by all members of the Florence community. In partnership with the Florence Tennis Association, the City also plans to develop an after-school educational/tennis outreach program for city youth. 
  
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