Alan Schwartz March 25, 1970 Chicagos Midtown Largest in Nation
Chicago’s Mid-Town Tennis Club To Be Largest Complex in Nation The largest indoor tennis facility in the United States, 14 indoor tennis courts on one level, is now under construction in the heart of Chicago, it was announced recently by Alan Schwartz, developer and president of the Mid-Town Tennis Club. At a recent press conference held at the Chicago Press Club, two scale models models of the new $2 million indoor tennis facility were unveiled to the press. The new, easy-to-reach facility, located at 2020 W. Fullerton Avenue, just 200 yards east of the Fullerton Avenue exits of the Kennedy Expressway, will be the first major indoor tennis club to be built within the Chicago city limits. Schwartz, a nationally ranked Chicago tennis player for the last 20 years, and his associates view this outstanding addition addition to the Windy City’s sports facilities as meeting a long-felt need. Mid-Town Tennis Club will open its doors Oct. 1 of this year for the start of a 34-week season season winch will nm thrwigh May 29,1971. The club’s central location places it within easy reach of both city-dwellers and suburbanites alike. Schwartz was quick to point out that one’s tennis-playing tennis-playing ability in no way affect’s one’s qualifications qualifications for membership. “Beginners, intermediate and advanced advanced players are all welcome to join,” Schwartz says. “This is a club for everyone. everyone. We’ll have absolutely none of the restricting membership qualifications associated associated with some private tennis clubs.” Schwartz referred to the project as a large undertaking which was based on a thorough study of the growth of tennis, especially indoor tennis, as a popular sport not only in Chicago but throughout the United States. “Scattered through the many Chicago suburbs there are 15 indoor tennis facilities facilities — all built in the last ten years,” Schwartz points out. “Hundreds of commuters commuters and in-city dwellers travel long distances to play at these courts. Chicago is long overdue for an indoor tennis facility facility right in its own back yard.” Before unveiling the two scale models of the club, the 38 year old develi^r revealed that he and the architect, Robert Robert L. Friedman, a designer and builder of numerous tennis facilities, personally Chaparrals Host National Meet College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, will host its first national athletic competition — the National Qualifying Track and Field Meet for Region Four Junior Colleges Colleges — Saturday, May 2, at the Glen- bard East High School track. Main and Wilson Sts., Lombard. Some 20 junior college teams from Dlin<^ Dlin<^ and Wisconsin will compete, with the top two qualifiers in each evwit going on to the National Junior CoUege Track and Field Meet, May 14-16 in Gardoi City, Kansas. College of DuPage Track and Field Coach Ronald C. Ottoson of Elmhurst commented that he looks forward to hav- several athletes at the meet vdio placed in the 1969 junior college track and field nationals. A LOVE-LY SIGHT. Chicago will be the No. I Indoor and president of the club. The $2 million facility should tennis town In the United States when the Mid-Town help answer some of the tennis needs for this fast grow- Tennls Club Is completed this fall. Standing next to the Ing sport. 14-Indoor court complex Is Alan Schwartz, developer surveyed over 20 indoor tennis facilities around the country. The results of their survey, coupled with their combined experiences in the development of indoor tennis facilities have produced, in their works, “the finest finest indoor tennis club in the United States.” Schwartz went on to point out that Mid- Town’s 14 indoor tennis courts offer members — men, women and juniors — the widest available choice of reserved playing times. The detailed scale models showed how the club’s designers met the special lighting needs of the indoor tennis player. player. At Mid-Town lights are not positioned directly over the playing areas, instead they are between courts. This eliminates ball loss from glare or shadow, common problems in indoor tennis, especially when serving or returning lobs. The high illumination standards are achieved by this strategic placement 392 eight foot, four-lamp fixtures and 112 eight foot recessed recessed one-lamp fixtures. The court surface at Mid-Town is a specially compounded synthetic surface called “TENNIS TURF.” It promises a combination <rf true ball bounce and foot cmnfort advantages not found in any of the traditional court surfaces, according to Schwartz. The clubhouse includes a spacious, air- conditioned general lounge, complete with a copper-hooded fireplace, color TV and a glass enclosed viewing area for spectators interested in seeing the players players in action on the courts below. Some of the innovations introduced in the clubhouse are oversize, carpeted men’s and women’s locker rooms with adjoining private lounges — these are in addition to the general lounge — and saunas, individualized showers with private private dressing rooms, exercise room, 8x10 foot whirlpool bath and a fully equipped and attended nursery. The vice president of the Mid-Town Tennis Club is also a nationally ranked Chicago tennis player. He’s Grant Golden, Golden, a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team. Mid-Town Tennis Club is a division of Tennis Corporation of America, of which Alan Schwartz is also president. The Chicago Chicago club is the prototype of what he expects will be a chain of indoor tennis clubs from coast to coast. DuPage Letters To Hockey Team The College of DuPage Athletic Department Department has awarded varsity letters to 19 members of the hockey team, coached by Herbert L. Salberg, Westmont. Returning lettermen for the second year were captain Dave Scharrer, West- moot; goalie Mike Andrejka, LaGrange; and defeoseman Jay Bates, Hinsdale. Freshmoi who received letter awards were: Jim Nelson, Downers Grove; Lee Popovich, Glen Ellyn; Art Tessmann, Villa Park; Jim McConaughy, Western brings; Jim Rauth, Chicago; Dennis W(rif, LaGrange Park; Pete Finne, Glen Ellyn; A1 Gjundjek, Brookfield; Randy Waters, Roselle; Carl FleiikiDg, Addison; Jim Prior, La Grange; John Gariepy, Lombard; Neil Selin, La Grange Park; Ron Werle, Addison; Bob Cozzi, Elmhurst; Elmhurst; and Ed Bye, Elmhurst. Salberg’s skaters compiled an overall recwd of 13 wins and one loss, which came in the last game of the season. The team’s leading scorer was Jim Nels(Hi, who had 20 goals and 21 assists for a season’s total of 41 points. After a winning hockey season with a predominantly freshman team. Coach Salberg was (^)timistic about the chances for a strong team next year. He also felt that tins winning seas<» would influence high sdH)d hockey players in the area to enroll at College of DuPage.