Rome Tennis Center at Berry College (RTCBC) is an expansive tennis facility that opened in 2016 and features 57 courts on a 30-acre site. Located about 75 miles northwest of Atlanta, RTCBC is comprised of USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts, 6 NCAA regulation courts, 6 indoor courts and 3 center courts for tournament and collegiate play. All courts have lighting and access to shade structures. The 3,966-square-foot, lodge-like clubhouse is a focal point of the facility. One key element of the clubhouse is the 2,656 sq. ft. tennis porch that overlooks “main event” courts and NCAA-regulation courts. Only upon visiting the site can one appreciate the spectacular, panoramic view that is afforded from the porch.
The indoor facility was completed in 2020 and boasts six indoor hard courts available for play. The 51,063 square foot facility is conditioned for play to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. With seating for just over 400 spectators the indoor center is ready to host events and tournaments for all levels of play. Top Spin Terrace is a viewing deck that was added in 2021. It provides excellent views of the championship courts as well as an encompassing view of the facility and the rolling hills and trees that surround the site.
Gaston, a Rome, Georgia native, has extensive tennis playing, coaching, and management experience. After a stint on the professional doubles tour, Gaston transitioned to coaching, where he held leadership roles at the Weil Tennis Academy (Ojai, CA) and ATI Tennis Academy (Atlanta, GA). In 2016, Gaston was named Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis team at the University of Missouri, where he led the charge for four seasons in the strong SEC conference. Gaston also oversaw the Mizzou Tennis Complex, a 10 court facility with an active program and busy tournament schedule. During his time in Columbia, Gaston managed a large staff, led his team to success, and helped grow membership at the facility to over 400 individuals.