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Clay courts refurbished in San Diego as Davis Cup legacy

February 3, 2014 02:23 PM
A temporary clay court was constructed in the Petco Park outfield.

A temporary red clay court was constructed in the outfield at Petco Park in San Diego for the 2014 Davis Cup First Round tie between the U.S. and Great Britain. Now, some of that red dirt is being left behind permanently.

As part of the Davis Cup Legacy project, two 78-foot red clay courts were constructed at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The courts were made of the same red clay, from Har-Tru Sports, as the Davis Cup competition court and were used for practice during the week of the Davis Cup tie, which Great Britain won 3-1 over the U.S.

The Davis Cup Legacy program brings together professional and community tennis to leave a lasting impact on the communities that host Davis Cup ties in the U.S.

Youth Tennis San Diego – the local nonprofit that owns and operates Barnes Tennis Center and promotes the educational, physical and social development of youth through organized tennis and educational activities – will be the primary beneficiary of the USTA-funded $26,000 project.

“Having Davis Cup come to San Diego, especially in such a memorable location at Petco Park, is fantastic for the local tennis community,” said Barnes Tennis Center Executive Director Kerry Blum. “We are even happier to have a lasting imprint of the event at Barnes in two red clay courts available for public use.”



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