The City of Annapolis reviewed the status of the Truxtun Park tennis project during the Recreation Advisory Board meeting on April 10.
Chris Kamenoff who leads the “Friends of Truxtun Park” reported that former mayor Ellen Moyer was there. Moyer remembered when the courts were in tip-top shape and the city hosted its own tennis tournaments as well as USTA Maryland District Championships.
The Recreation Office conceived the project in 2016 because of the serious water damage to the lower courts and significant cracking and deterioration of the upper courts.
In April 2017, Mayor Pantelides announced that the city would renovate all of the tennis courts. In 2018, Archie Trader from Annapolis Recreation and Parks reached a consensus on a design for 10 tennis courts and 10 pickleball courts, with two of the tennis courts being lined for dual use as four pickleball courts.
This winter the city completed the engineering design and went through a Critical Areas Review. The schedule of work is still up in the air, though, because the construction contracting process has not begun.
The project is laid out in three phases with court resurfacing first, repairs next and reconstruction last. There is some hope of getting on resurfaced courts this fall if construction can begin this summer, but rebuilding the lower courts could take longer than that.
USTA Leagues: The Anne Arundel County 18 & Over Mixed Doubles League just wrapped up the winter season.
Winners included Sophia Crawley’s team at 2.5 (4 – 4), Tom Walsh’s team at 6.0 (11 - 1), Joe Langlois’ team at 7.0 (9 - 3), Moe Patterson’s team at 8.0 (8 - 1) and Roselle Nicholson’s team at 9.0 (7 - 2).
The USTA Maryland Regional Championships will run from June 7 – 9.
AACTA News: The Anne Arundel County Tennis Association will hold its first Monthly Outdoor Tennis Social on May 17 at Annapolis High School from 6 – 9 pm.
There will be snacks to start and then mixed doubles. The following socials are scheduled on June 14, July 12 and August 16.
USTA Camp Scholarship: The application deadline for the Mid-Atlantic Summer Camp Scholarship is April 19.
This program gives young athletes the unique opportunity to attend a one-week tennis camp, free of charge.Under NCAA rules, scholarships to camps on college campuses are limited to players who are less than 13 years old and who will be enrolled in high school this fall.
Local camps include the Universities of George Washington and Salisbury and the Madeira School in McLean, VA, St. Stephens/St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA and St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, MD. For information, contact Lisa Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tournament News: Registration for the AACTA Spring Tournament will close on April 21. The tournament will run from May 1 – 5 at Annapolis High School.
There will be a wide range of draws for men and women in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. There will be a Tournament Social with food and drink on Saturday, May 5.
Also, the Navy Brigade Sports Complex a USTA National Level 3 Junior Tournament on May 4 under the direction of the Navy women’s coach, Keith Puryear.
- Nate Krall (Annapolis) advanced to the finals of the Boys' 14 Singles at the Cabin John Jr Open in Rockville on Apr. 6.
- Olivia Mellynchuk (Edgewater) and Camille Hall (Bowie)/Mellynchuk placed third in the Girls' 12 Singles at the USTA/MAS BG12 Super Six 660 Championship in Falls Church on Apr. 6.
- Luke Garner (Annapolis) won the finals of the Boys' 18 Singles at the USTA/MAS B18 Super Six 660 Championship in Owings Mills on Apr. 6.
- Massimo Ivovic (Davidsonville) advanced to the semifinals of the Boys' 10 Singles ASM Spring Cup in McLean, VA on Apr. 13.
- Abigail Moghtader (Arnold) advanced to the semifinals of the Girls' 18 Singles and sisters Abigail and Miriam competed in the finals of the Girl’s 18 Doubles at the TK Tennis Junior Open BG18 Singles & Doubles in Fairfax, VA on Apr. 13.
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