The Tanteen Tennis Court is receiving a much-needed facelift through financial support given by the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) and Republic Bank Grenada Ltd.
The project estimated to cost EC$90, 000 commence early last month with a $49, 300.00 donation from GOC and has already seen the construction of a retaining wall and a perimeter drainage system.
President of the Grenada Tennis Association, Earl Charles said, “The condition of the court was extremely bad…the surface here had gone so bad with several cracks emerging throughout the years, which had to be filled before we can lay on the surface and we did the perimeter drain so once the surface is completed it would be protected from water and filth.”
Charles pointed out that “the resurfacing is overdue by about five years,” noting that the court was last resurfaced “approximately 12 years ago.”
He also explained that the project came to a halt due to “a short fall experienced,” hence, Republic Bank was approached for assistance.
Charles is grateful that Republic Bank “gracefully” answered their plight with a EC$23,300 cheque “to ensure the completion of the project,” under its “Power to Make a Difference” programme.
“We see sports as an avenue where the population can improve their welfare,” Keith Johnson -Managing Director Republic Bank said, adding that playing sport and in this case tennis is a wonderful way to stay active.”
During the symbolic handover of funds to the Tennis Association on March 27th, Johnson also took note of the court’s condition, which he pointed out poses a disadvantage to young budding tennis players.
President Charles also acknowledged that the condition of the court indeed posed a challenge for tennis lovers, especially the beginners.
“When we practice on this court and then our players goes overseas, the condition of the court is so much different and we are at a disadvantage…so its major in terms of our development, especially with our young players,” he said.
In commenting on the latest developments at the Tennis Court, sport
fanatic Raymond Roberts commended the Association’s effort, noting the opportunity that the upgrade presents to lovers of the sport.
Roberts told THE NEW TODAY: “The fact that the facility is improving presents an opportunity for young people to have a facility that is compatible with those in the other islands in the Caribbean and by extension the wider world.”
The Grenada Tennis Association has contracted the services of “Richard Russell Pro Shop” out of Jamaica to complete the acrylic finishing touch on the court.
The company is operated by Jamaica’s veteran tennis star, Richard Russell, whose son Craig Russel arrived on the island Sunday to resurface the Tennis Court, which is located at Tanteen, St. George.
The project should be completed by April 15.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY Tuesday, Russell, who is the son of Jamaica’s veteran tennis star, Richard Russell and Project Manager at “Richard Russell Pro Shop” said “it’s just a matter of getting the consistency and bounce back into the play so that tennis players can actually practice the sport on a court that is universal.”
He added that the “main challenge is getting the court back in proper playing order, but acknowledged that “getting it back to that standard would be a bit difficult because it is an old court with a lot of cracks”.
The Jamaican said he is committed to finishing the job before he departs the island next Sunday.