Mayor George Israel dedicated the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in 1980. The center was originally to be named the North Macon Tennis Center, but after the death of Mr. John D. Smith the name was changed. Mr. Smith taught tennis at Tattnall Square Center, and was a big factor in getting the new facility built.
In 1990, the center was chosen as one of the top twenty-five municipal tennis facilities in the country. The center has twenty-four lighted tennis courts with a tennis apparel shop and shower facilities. The center plays host to many USTA, STA, and GTA events. JDS is one of the most notable tennis centers in the country.
The Macon Tennis Association houses its office at JDS, and brings many tournaments to the facility. In past years, the revenue from tennis tournaments brought millions of dollars to our city.
In April 2003, Mr. Smith was inducted into Macon’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The center has been home to the GA Qualifying and the Southern 14’s for over twenty years.
Programs for adults and juniors, lessons and leagues are offered year round.