Mayor Kasim Reed was at the 2010 U.S. Open in New York City on Labor Day to accept Atlanta’s $50,000 second-place award for community tennis, city parks and recreation programs in the Best Tennis Town in the United States competition.

Charleston, S.C., was the winner of the $100,000 first-place award.

In its second year, Best Tennis Town is the U.S. Tennis Association’s (USTA) nationwide initiative to find the community that best exemplifies the passion, excitement, spirit and impact that tennis has on the communities.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist for the distinction of Best Tennis Town in America,” Reed said. “The $50,000 second-place prize will have a positive impact on our communities and help ensure that future generations have great tennis facilities and are aware of this wonderful sport.”

As part of the entry requirements, the Atlanta submitted a video showing the diverse range of populations affected by tennis in Atlanta including wheelchair, special populations, inner city, juniors, adults and professional tennis.