Life Time Fitness Acquires Atlanta’s Racquet Club of the South

Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, continued its expansion efforts with today’s announcement that it has acquired Atlanta-based Racquet Club of the South (RCS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition expands Life Time’s tennis operations to 158 courts and 211 certified tennis professionals nationwide. Tennis programming is offered at 16 Life Time locations in seven states. With this acquisition, Life Time says it is now the largest national operator of indoor tennis courts with 104.

RCS will be rebranded as Life Time Tennis Atlanta, and the RCS website has already been redirected to the Life Time website. RCS currently has eight indoor and 28 outdoor tennis courts, the RCS Tennis Academy, a United States Tennis Association regional training center, a 25-meter outdoor pool, and classroom and locker room facilities.

After this year’s renovation, which the company says will not interrupt tennis court access, additional features and amenities will include a remodeled exterior, lobby and locker rooms, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and massage facilities, a clubhouse with a restaurant, a pro shop and a stadium court that holds more than 4,000 spectators. Life Time Tennis Atlanta also will serve as the company’s southeast hub for junior tennis champion training, coaching and development, tournaments, and recreational play and instruction.

“With its tradition of developing internationally ranked juniors as well as hosting national and international professional tournaments, exhibitions and amateur events, RCS is the perfect complement to our existing, national tennis programming portfolio,” Jeff Zwiefel, Life Time executive vice president and chief of operations, said in a statement. “In addition to upholding RCS’ rich tennis heritage, we look forward to completing our planned renovation and serving both existing and new members at what will be a world-class tennis destination.”

Last year, Life Time acquired nine clubs from Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL. Life Time will release its fourth quarter 2011 and year 2011 financials on Feb. 16.

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