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April 3, 2014

Surface of tennis courts to be discussed


Knoxville —

The Knoxville High School tennis teams use the courts for home meets. While the school board intends to discuss resurfacing the courts at its April 28 meeting, the courts will not be resurfaced before the 2014 tennis season. 

Tonda added that as a tennis court's surface gets older, it can deteriorate more quickly. In his final season as coach, 2012, he thought the surface of the courts looked great. While coming to the courts to play in 2013-14, he said he was "shocked" when he saw the condition the courts are in. He attributes the poor appearance this spring to Knoxville's winter. 

The South Central Conference also played its conference tournament in Knoxville. Due to rain, a machine was used to dry the surfaces. Tonda said he could see some of the surface coming up as the drying was taking place. 

Tonda believes that the school board is not really at fault for the courts' appearance this season. They could not do anything about the weather. He is still pleased with the board for taking the initiative to resurface them seven years ago.

"I really appreciate the school taking responsibility for the surface," Tonda said. He added that he believes the City should have set more money aside for the courts, as they are in a City park. Prior to the school district's actions, Tonda added that the courts had not been resurfaced since the 1990s. 

Overall, he believes that all aspects of a city park are interpreted as a reflection upon the community. In the years after the school district resurfaced the courts, Tonda said many out-of-town competitors and guests were impressed with the courts' appearance and spoke highly of Knoxville.  

Comment was sought from the two current KHS varsity coaches. The only response received on behalf of the school district was from Flack. 

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