BY Chandler St. Louis
The recent remodeling of Central’s tennis courts has players and community members ecstatic.
The tennis courts, located next to Wendell Hill Hall, underwent much needed renovations after years of wear and tear. The old surface was completely torn out and replaced with eight brand new courts.
Although the process took longer than expected, the wait was well worth it. Instead of having the 10 courts like before the renovation, eight courts allows for larger walkways and the possibility of bleachers. Lights were also installed for the courts, giving the opportunity for longer practicing and playing time. The courts also feature a red and maroon finish to represent Central’s colors.
While the courts were under renovation, the Central Tennis Club practiced at the Ellensburg Racquet and Recreational Center. This was a setback for the tennis club because the Recreational Center only has two courts for use and is about a 10 minute drive from campus, which made it even more inconvenient for the players. The courts at the Racket Club allowed for play during the winter but players struggled because they were inside. The players had trouble practicing and adapting to indoor conditions.
“The new courts allow us to play in realistic conditions,” junior Austin Cook said.
The progress of the tennis court renovation was disrupted due to winter conditions. The remodel required a temperature of at least 50 degrees for two weeks so the final layer could be completed. The courts were set to be finished last fall but winter set in early.
Last week, the Tennis Club hosted a doubles tournament that consisted of 49 teams. The teams were made up of students, community members and alumni. The doubles tournament was a great way for people to take advantage of the new courts.
Next week, the club travels down to Oregon for another tournament. For most tournaments, the club takes two teams that consist of about 12 people per team. This gives club members many opportunities to compete.
As of last fall, there were 20 members on Cenral’s Tennis Club. There are currently 30 members that range from a variety of skill levels.
“With the opening of the new courts, the club hopes to bring in new members,” Tennis Club president Molly Mayer said. “We accept all skill levels and are always looking for more people to join.”
Anybody interested in the program can check out the Central Tennis Club Facebook page.