MCKENZIE, Tenn. - When the Bethel University tennis squads report to campus in August they will be greeted with an exciting new look to their playing courts. With the aid of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), through its USTA Facility Assistance Program the courts were recently resurfaced.

A 10,000 dollar grant facilitated the resurfacing of the eight existing 78-foot tennis courts, complete with installation of blended 36-foot and 60-foot tennis playing lines.

Bethel Coach Ernesto Escamilla commented on the impact it will have on his program. "We worked really hard writing up the grant applications and making sure that we met all standards and legal requirements to be eligible for this grant.  I'm really excited about the new look and I know our student-athletes will be as well."

Bethel Associate Athletic Director Brad Chappell added, "Coach Ernesto continues to work hard in getting our programs to a level of excellence in our conference and in the nation. We put a lot of work in this project and it is exciting news and a great new look for our tennis teams and university."

Bethel Director of Athletics Dale Kelley said, "I am proud of Brad and Coach Escamilla and their efforts in this achievement. It is much needed and we are grateful to the USTA for their help and commitment to the sport of tennis and our university. This will help in recruiting and enhance the experience of our student-athletes."

The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.