Published by Swing on August 1, 2019
Rob Autry talks to WRAL Sports Fan about new multi-purpose facility with a focus on tennis
There are numerous tennis courts for those in the Triangle to play on. But there aren’t enough tennis courts to support the number of players in the area. Rob Autry, founder and CEO of Triangle Racquet Sports has the numbers to back it up. “We’re only second to Atlanta in serious tennis players on the entire east coast,” Autry said. “So this is a big opportunity for us to fill a void and bring something to the market place that is currently not out there.”
The big opportunity is a 50-acre facility in the Briar Creek area of Raleigh. After the Raleigh City Council approved the venue in 2018, it was time for Triangle Racquet Sports to begin their project.
“After five years of searching for 30-plus acres in the Briar Creek corridor, I almost gave up,” Autry said.
But he just could not let go of something he put so much time into.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Autry said. “I was a tennis player in college and now a weekend warrior, it’s really exciting.”
The facility will include places to work out, have physical therapy and even play soccer. It’s a facility that isn’t just for high caliber tennis players.
“We’ll have 70 total racquet sport courts on campus,” Autry said. “But that includes tennis, pickleball, and other kid, quick start tennis courts. The majority of those will be clay.”
Clay surfaces are much easier on the body with fewer long-lasting injuries. It’s also a surface that will draw major tennis events to the Triangle Racquet Sports facility. They will offer many opportunities to exercise for a wide range of ages.
“One of the main focuses we have is to have a wonderful site that has amazing amenities for high-level players,” Operations Partner Jason DeGroff said. “But also something that is very, very approachable that helps get people off their couch.
“They say sitting is the new smoking. That’s something that Rob and I are very passionate about as we are with some of the partners we have engaged with this: we want to make an impact on the community.”
The hope is to begin moving dirt by December. That’s when renderings begin to become reality for a facility unlike any other in our state.
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