A former Kent Denver and Cherry Creek High School tennis coach has a $6 million indoor tennis facility in the works.
Randy Ross is planning to build a 58,600-square-foot building at 7760 S. Wheeling Court in Englewood. He plans to open this fall.
“Part of the need for the facility is that tennis in Denver is growing,” said Ross, 63. “The whole Denver metro area is underserved with the number of indoor tennis courts.”
The Randy Ross Tennis Center will have six indoor tennis courts and a clubhouse including a lobby, retail space, locker rooms and a workout room. The clubhouse also will have a mezzanine level where guests can watch tennis matches below.
Ross purchased the property just east of the Centennial Airport for $708,000 in November 2017.
“The southeast corner (of Denver) is the mecca of tennis,” he said. “That’s where a lot of people live. It’s also where I have worked out of for the last 28 years.”
Ross, who played tennis while getting his business management degree at Indiana State University, has worked in Denver’s tennis scene since 1976. He’s been the tennis director at the Ken Caryl Ranch and the Colorado Athletic Club Inverness. And he’s coached at Kent Denver High School and Cherry Creek High School.
“I think most guys in my business, if you asked them, they’d all say, ‘I’d love to have my own facility someday,’” Ross said. “When I left Inverness, this became the real directed focus: to be involved with my own facility.”
The Randy Ross Tennis Center will cost $6.2 million to get up and running, he said. Midwest Regional Bank has approved a $5 million loan that’s under review by the SBA, while the rest of the funding came from investors.
“Tennis facilities just don’t get built every day in this city,” Ross said. “Banks don’t really understand it. To have found Midwest Regional Bank was the key element in this. They understand it and they embraced the opportunity to get involved with it.”
More tennis facilities are approaching completion in Denver, including the 13-court Denver Tennis Park near the University of Denver and the $5.8 million Parker Racquet Club. Ross thinks there is plenty of demand for more indoor courts.
“Tennis has always been popular here,” he said. “For the Denver market to have seven more courts is great and not going to hurt anybody.”
Members at the Randy Ross Tennis Center will pay a $250 initiation fee and $100 per month after that.
Ross plans to hire 20 employees and coaches. He’s also hired Kahn Construction and architect Casey Adragna for the design and construction.