Hundreds flocked to the Goldman Tennis Center for the 5th US Open Watch Party and Community Day on September 9th. This time we put the giant screen above the sunken court where the crowd cheered Coco Gauff to victory. In addition to watching the women’s final, members of the tennis community had the opportunity to enjoy the numerous free on-court activities and high-powered exhibition matches beforehand. With something for everyone, our dream of an energized public tennis community came true.
There were other things to celebrate as well. The Goldman Tennis Center just received USTA’s 2023’s highest honor: “Featured Facility of the Year Award” (more on that below), and this year, SF Rec and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg became our first ever “Champion for Public Tennis”. Phil’s leadership and vision for an inclusive, thriving public tennis facility deserves much of the credit for the Goldman Tennis Center we now all enjoy. Phil also cares deeply about all 146 public courts in the city, as evidenced by the citywide free reservation system, expanded programs for tennis learners of all ages, and six Tennis and Learning Centers for underserved children.
Special thanks to the host committee, volunteers, and staff of Lifetime Activities, who helped make the day a smashing success!