Tennis legend to be memorialized at GreatLIFE Woodlake

This piece is presented by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.

Longtime tennis advocate and fitness club owner Reid Hans will be remembered in a tennis court dedication ceremony Friday, May 12, at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club.

Hans, who died last year, owned the former Woodlake Athletic Club until GreatLIFE bought it in 2014.

“Reid was not just a familiar face around Woodlake,” said GreatLIFE chairman and CEO Tom Walsh Sr. “He was a great friend to many and the face of tennis in Sioux Falls and the region. Reid resurrected the club and the sport of tennis and had a great passion for sharing it with others.”

For more than 40 years, Hans was active in the tennis community. He never played the game until age 29, when he became an assistant coach at St. Cloud University in Minnesota.

But it sparked a love for the sport that ultimately led to his induction into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame.

He is credited with saving the original tennis club, Woodlake, in 1984, when it could have become a carpet warehouse. He sold the business in 2003 but took it over again in 2009 when it was struggling financially.

The Reid Hans Tennis Court dedication is open to the public and will include appetizers at 5:30 p.m., with the ceremony at 6 p.m.

Tennis legend to be memorialized at GreatLIFE Woodlake

Longtime tennis advocate and fitness club owner Reid Hans will be remembered in a tennis court dedication ceremony Friday, May 12, at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club.

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