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New facility gets in on the tennis racket

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The Evansville Community Tennis Association has just opened the doors of a brand new tennis facility- one it says was badly needed in the community.

Barb Boone, like countless other tennis players in Evansville, has been waiting years to see a second tennis facility built in Evansville.

"My first lesson here at the ETC," said Barb Boone. "I'm looking forward to it. It's kind of nice to be the first one."

She says it helps make the sport more affordable.

"I think it's important. I think it's going to offer a lot of people. I mean, if you just want to be a member of tennis they've got a good rate for families," said Boone.

The building, which cost just under $2 million, features 6 indoor courts, combination asphalt, acrylic floors that are easier on the joints, state of the art lighting and soon to be added video cameras that will tape lessons.

"It's pretty much a dream come true," said Stephanie Hazlett.

Stephanie Hazlett, Director of Tennis at the Evansville Tennis Center says the ECTA was really struggling to keep up with the demand for indoor courts, especially heading into this time of year.

 "We actually built two temporary courts on the north side last winter so we could kind of patch things through so we could get this facility finished," said Hazlett. "We had people that just couldn't play."

For now the front area will be sodded with grass, but Hazlett says in the future this area might be transformed into outdoor courts as well.

The Evansville Community Tennis Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization.

The Evansville Tennis Center is located at 5428 Davis Lant Drive.

For information you can contact the ECTA by calling (812) 401-6060 or by going to their website.

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