A view inside of The Sports Racket.
A longtime Lynchburg, Va., tennis facility is now under the management of Liberty University. The Sports Racket – about a 15-minute drive from campus – was recently purchased by Sherwin Cook, who intends to give the facility and the surrounding 18 acres to Liberty. Head men's and women's tennis coach, Chris Johnson, says the access to the indoor facility will provide additional advantages for Liberty's tennis programs. "Now that we have direct access to indoor courts and have 12 outdoor courts we will be able to host the Big South Conference Championship in the future. We will also be able to host fall tournaments as well so we won't have to travel quite as much," stated Johnson. "Facilities are also one of the biggest draws for recruits. We now have some of the best facilities of any Big South program and that will certainly make a difference long term with new recruits." Existing customers will notice no changes in operating hours, policies, or fees. All contracts will be honored and Liberty students will have free use of the facility during hours when the facility had been closed in the past. This is Cook's second tennis-related donation to Liberty in three months. In November, Cook provided the lead gift for the Cook Tennis Center, which will be home to a 2,500-square-foot operations center for Liberty's men's and women's tennis programs.
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