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Tennis courts under construction at local park

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Updated: 4/30/2013 6:38 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Construction work on new tennis courts at one of Tupelo's parks is in full-swing.

Six new courts are being built, and that has avid tennis players excited.

"Tennis is kind of an up-and-rising thing in Tupelo, and so many people are trying to come out, and especially when you have match play going on. It offers other people places to be able to come in and play," said Ashley Williams.
"Yeah, we're really excited about the new courts. The six new courts that are going in, it's going to give a lot more people an opportunity to get court space," said tennis coach Laurie Bishop.

"It gives you a lot better opportunity to keep the game flowing and keep everybody at the courts," said Don Lewis, director of Tupelo Park & Recreation.

The new courts will feature a state-of-the-art drainage system. So, taking time to dry or run off the courts will be greatly reduced. 

"One of the major goals is that we are laser leveling the courts so that water will run-off of them appropiately," adds Lewis. "That's one of the things that we contracted with Worsham Brothers for."

The Tupelo Tennis Association will be able to host larger state tournamets by going from 10 to 16 courts.

"Now with the new courts, we can host a larger tournament and bring more kids in," adds Drew Ballard, tennis player. "[We can] bring more families in to play larger more competitive tournaments here in Tupelo."

"It's just going to be a great opportunity for Tupelo to bring in people to come and play and visit our stores and restaurants and all that good stuff," stated  Bishop.

Plans call for the work to be completed in about a month before a senior state tournament serves into action.

Once work is completed, the aquatic dome will be relocated to over a pod of four tennis courts which will enable people to play year round.

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