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Surgeon plans Lake Norman’s largest tennis complex

A Mooresville surgeon plans to develop the Lake Norman region’s largest tennis complex on vacant land near Talbert Pointe Business Park, off Interstate 77 Exit 36 in Mooresville.

Dr. Ryan Heider’s Lake Norman Tennis Center will include 16 lighted outdoor courts and five indoor courts on Overhill Drive near the park.

The center also will offer a youth training academy and structured leagues, Heider said Friday. Tennis instruction more commonly found at country clubs also will be available, he said.

North Carolina and Georgia produce the best tennis players in the country, Heider said, so there’s no reason top young players such as his 22-year-old neighbor in Mooresville should have to train four months each winter in Florida.

Talbert Pointe Business Park houses various NASCAR operations, including driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, NASCAR Technical Institute and Performance Instruction & Training, a pit crew training facility with an outdoor race track. The town of Mooresville has a recreation center in the park.

Lake Norman’s largest tennis complex – and the only one with indoor courts – is at River Run Country Club in Davidson. River Run has 16 courts, including nine clay courts, three hard courts and four indoor courts.

Olde Providence Racquet Club in Charlotte, by comparison, has 37 courts, including 27 outdoor clay courts, five outdoor hard courts and five hard courts in an indoor pavilion.

Heider is medical director/surgeon at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman. He was the first Charlotte-area surgeon to perform single-incision, scarless bariatric surgery and among the first in the nation with the advanced training to perform the 90-minute procedure.

Heider, 40, said he, his wife and their four children are avid tennis players.

In his application for a permit for the outdoor courts, Heider said those courts will have a clay surface. “There aren’t public clay courts in Mooresville, and this would provide a benefit to the community, as this surface is much easier on joints than typical hard courts,” Heider said in his application.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to grant him the permit.

The indoor part of Heider’s 10-acre project requires no permit, as the courts are allowed as a use by right under the town’s highway business zoning of the property.

The complex also will include an outdoor picnic area and an indoor clubhouse. The building for the indoor courts will feature porches on the lower and upper floors, Heider said in his application.

He plans to build six outdoor courts initially, with the remaining 10 in a future phase.

Construction of the $3 million to $4 million complex will begin within a month, with the building and first outdoor courts opening by about July, Heider said.

For membership and other details, visit www.lakenormantenniscenter.com.

Mooresville commissioner David Coble said the complex “is going to be a draw for tennis events, which incurs a positive economic impact. It adds more opportunity for tennis players in Mooresville, especially because we have limited public availability around town.”

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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