June 17 – HENDERSON – The new tennis courts at Granville Athletic Park are expected to be put into use as soon as the site will be chosen to host the US Tennis Association state championships for players aged 40 and over later this month
Betty Lou Davis, who is a member of the Granville County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Oxford Community Tennis Association, is confident that using the UTSA on the new courts will reinforce the county’s growing tennis culture and foster more GAP recognition.
“These tennis courts greatly improve what the county already has,” Davis said. “As they are UTSA approved, we can now attract a broader spectrum of tennis players from outside the county and increase the number of visitors to our area.”
The six tennis courts were completed in April as part of the GAP’s Phase III expansion plan, which added more than 11 acres to the existing facilities.
A key component to the construction of the tennis courts came from funding provided by UTSA and UTSA Southern, which provided a combined total of $70,000 to go along with grants that Granville County received from the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund and Land & Water Conservation Background.
Although the UTSA makes frequent use of GAP additions, tennis courts should also be used for practice by local tennis clubs and high schools such as J.F. Webb and Granville Central.
Four of GAP’s six courts have been reserved for the UTSA’s 40 and Over State Championships, which are scheduled to take place June 24-26.