Aston Park tennis court to be named for Lewis Isaac

Lewis Isaac photo
The late Lewis Isaac is shown holding the Asheville Open flag during the opening ceremonies of the July 2018 Asheville Open Tennis Championships held annually at Aston Park Tennis Center.


A fixture on the Asheville tennis scene and former City employee will be recognized for his dedication to both.


At their Sept. 10 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to name Court 1 at Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave., in memory of the late Lewis Isaac.


Isaac was a longtime City of Asheville employee. Following his retirement, he served on many boards, including the City’s Recreation Board. He was an avid tennis player and supporter of Aston Park Tennis Center. He died June 2, 2019.


Council asked residents for their input on Open City Hall Asheville before making this designation. More than 120 people responded to the survey and their response was unanimously in favor. Some of the comments included:

  •         “Lewis was a gift to our community and a true public servant. His passion for tennis was palpable, and memorializing him with this honor would be a great way to recognize his commitment to our community.”
  •         “Lewis was an authentic contributor to the Asheville community both through service as an employee and a volunteer. I support this honorary naming opportunity and only wish he were here to accept the honor.”
  •         “Lewis Isaac made a difference in this community. He should be remembered and celebrated PLUS he loved tennis!”

Isaac was a volunteer for many local organizations, including the United Way, Our Voice and MANNA Food Bank. Learn more about his exemplary life and accomplishments at this link.

Here is the staff report presented to Council prior to the vote.