For the first time, Roanoke now has 12 tournament ready tennis courts at River’s Edge Sports Complex. Councilwoman Michelle Dykstra, members of the tennis community, and Roanoke Parks and Recreation staff formally opened the gates to six new courts at a ribbon cutting held on Thursday Sept 29th.
The added court space not only gives Roanoke the opportunity to host tournaments and league matches more regularly, but it also gives recreational players more time to play.
“Roanoke tennis players are excited to have new and extra courts in Roanoke to play on,” said Jennifer Frye, captain of several U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) leagues in Roanoke. “Right now we have to travel 20 minutes to play our USTA matches. Hopefully we can play some of those league matches on the new courts.”
The new laser-graded courts are donned with bright colors, designed to help players better distinguish the court from the ball. With state-of-the-art wirelessly controlled sports lighting, players can schedule games earlier in the morning and into the evening. In addition to the new six courts at River’s Edge North, the Parks and Recreation team is also improving the city’s existing six tennis courts at River’s Edge South along Wiley Drive.
Source : theroanokestar.com