Royal Kona Resort Taps U.S. Tennis Association to Manage Tennis Venue, Names New Tennis Director
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.