Royal Kona Resort Taps USTA to Manage Tennis Venue, Names New Tennis DirectorTim Strawn
USTA Hawaii Pacific Inc. will assume management responsibilities starting in January 2021. Murata, a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Association teaching professional, will oversee private lessons, clinics junior programs and a retail store that will operate under USTA auspices. Murata grew up in Kona and is a graduate of Konawaena High School and UH Manoa.
Royal Kona Resort Taps USTA to Manage Tennis Venue, Names New Tennis Director
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Dec. 16, 2020) – Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii Island has finalized an agreement for the management of its tennis venue. Starting in January 2021, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Hawaii Pacific, Inc. will assume management responsibilities for the resort’s tennis club, pro shop, and tennis operations.
Albert Murata, a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Association teaching professional since 1986, has been named the resort’s new director of tennis. Murata grew up in Kona, Hawaii and is a graduate of Konawaena High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He will oversee private lessons, clinics, junior programs and a retail store that will operate under USTA auspices.
The Royal Kona Resort tennis club is one of the top tennis facilities on Hawaii Island. It features four Latexite courts, resurfaced in 2017 and open for day or night play.
Located in Kailua-Kona, the oceanfront Royal Kona Resort reopened in October 2020 after completing a $15 million renovation of its deluxe guest rooms, tower corridors and pool desk. Transformation of the landmark resort features 428 guest rooms with modern coastal inspired décor, new teak furnishings and marble wet bar with mini-refrigerator and coffee maker, offering superior accommodations at exceptional value.
The USTA Hawaii Pacific, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and one of 17 geographic sections within the USTA. The Hawaii Pacific, Inc. includes more than 7,500 individual members and 80 organizational members in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. It is dedicated to the promotion of tennis opportunities for juniors and adults of all abilities and cultural backgrounds.
About Royal Kona Resort
Located on the Island of Hawaii’s scenic lava-lined coast, the Royal Kona Resort is an oceanfront landmark in the heart of Kailua-Kona. The resort is centrally situated near renowned Alii Drive and a variety of restaurants, shops, historical sites and activities. The newly renovated Alii, Lagoon and Bay Towers offer spacious guestrooms with sweeping views of the ocean and mountain skylines. Home of the World’s Best Mai Tai, the resort also features a private saltwater swimming lagoon and world-class tennis courts that accommodate guests day or night. For more information on the Royal Kona Resort, visit www.royalkona.com.
About the United States Tennis Association Hawaii Pacific, Inc.
The USTA Hawaii Pacific, Inc. is one of the 17 geographic sections within the USTA organization. Incorporated in 1973, the Hawaii Pacific, Inc. embraces over 7,500 individual members and 80 organizational members in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas. In addition, the Hawaii Pacific, Inc. is further subdivided into five districts: Kauai, Oahu, Maui, East Hawaii & West Hawaii. The Hawaii Pacific, Inc. is 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a volunteer base dedicated to carrying out the goals of the national association within its region, particularly with respect to promoting tennis opportunities for juniors and adults of all abilities and all cultural backgrounds. For more information on the USTA Hawaii Pacific, go to USTA.com/hawaiipacific or follow the official accounts @ustahawaii on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.