By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Randy Scott had been around the globe in support of tennis. When he decided to return to the United States, he found the ideal landing spot – back in Alamance County.
“I had been away for most of 30 years with tennis overseas,” Scott said. “So it’s kind of neat to be here and try to develop tennis.”
Scott just completed his third year as director of tennis at Burlington Tennis Center.
It has been a rewarding career for the Burlington native. Now, he’s back close to his father, Richard Scott, who lives in Graham.
Randy Scott, 56, said he has big visions regarding the possibilities for tennis in and around Alamance County.
“So much is going on here,” Scott said. “Activity here is up. Tennis has actually increased since the pandemic.”
BTC has offered an ideal setting for tennis growth. He said the facility upgrades through the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department have enhanced the tennis experience.
Scott took the job in December 2020 after the retirement of longtime director John Walton, who had been the initial director at the center. Now, there are three senior part-time assistants plus six high school-aged part-timers at the tennis center, which opened in 1996.
Scott played collegiately for Elon and then transferred to North Carolina, graduating in 1990. He later spent a season as an Elon assistant coach under Tom Parham.
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There are nearly two dozen special events or tournaments each year at Burlington Tennis Center, Scott said. Plus, there are monthly youth events to help in development in addition to regular clinics for youth and adults.
Those include the state championships for university club tennis teams, along with longstanding North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s dual team championships and Class 3-A individual state tournaments.
Scott said there are approximately 1,400 registered players in the Burlington Tennis Center database, making it convenient for them to book court times and fill clinic spots.
One of his goals is to have some courts covered to allow play when inclement weather threatens to interfere and for cooler conditions in summer. He’s looking into grants that might assist in the costs.
Scott spent time in Thailand and China, founding tennis academies and working with many advanced players since the 1990s. He would like to have those types of tennis players view Alamance County as an ideal training location.
“I have seen so many high-level players,” he said. “Now with my transition from Asia to here, I’m hoping Burlington can become kind of a hub.”