Tennis, Texas

The Cedar Park City Council passed an agreement over two years ago to authorize a world-class tennis facility in Austin’s suburbs. The USTA was planning to move one of its regional headquarters to a fancy mixed-use real estate project that would mirror other Austin developments such as The Domain. There are no signs of its groundbreaking. Forty-plus outdoor courts to go along with indoor amenities would be enough to keep Austin’s tennis-crazed families engaged. Many, including yours truly would choose to live in these remote suburbs (with good school districts) if such a project came to fruition.

Unfortunately, the project is unlikely to come alive anytime soon with covid’s impact and the recent weather event, which slowed down development. Cedar Park was hit particularly hard by the Texas power grid failure.

Austin rocks, but good tennis facilities are hard to come by. I’ve seen most of the facilities, including fancy country clubs on the outskirts. Some gated communities are suitable for retirement, but not for younger families. Unless you keep a tennis court in your backyard or play for the top 5 UT-Austin tennis team, it won’t be easy for the daily player. There are plenty of tennis activities, but driving 10-20 miles to dilapidated courts is no fun. I hope the Cedar Park tennis project gets back on schedule. Austin deserves better.