LAKE NONA, Fla. – We're at the start of tennis season and the Australian Open starts in just a few days, so what better way to prepare than to get an inside look at a state-of-the-art facility that spans 64 acres.
It's unique because pros and community members can train in the same place, tuning Lake Nona into tennis heaven.
"I love it. I love it and I'm glad it's in my backyard. At my age, it's keeping me going -- the energy level, the classes are amazing. There are so many to choose from," Shannon Connole said.
She decided to come back to the sport after being away for 14 years.
Two years ago, the United States Tennis Association National Campus opened its doors with a new facility that features 100 tennis courts that cater to all ages and players.
"Our goal is really simple. We want to expose tennis to as many people as possible and get them playing this incredible lifetime sport. The facility is open to the public. There's no membership fees. You can play two hours of doubles for 5 bucks a person, basically," Kurt Kamperman, chief executive of USTA, said.
USTA head professional coach Ben Zaiser said people of all skill levels come to the campus.
"It's fun. It's active, it's athletic, it's engaging. It's a great way to meet other people. We've seen a huge growth in the amount of people who are engaged with the sport. We have a lot of new players here at the campus -- it's exciting," Zaiser said.