One serve has gone into the net. David Dunlap and city officials are just hoping to avoid a double fault when it comes to the Dr Pepper tennis tournament.
The event, which was scheduled to take place Aug. 8-10, has been postponed as court remodeling continues. There was hope the court renovations, now in phase two after the completion of two of the four courts in April, could be completed before the tournament.
For now, the tennis tournament is in a holding pattern.
“We had people already calling to enter,” said David Dunlap, who organized the tournament. “Hopefully they’ll get them done and we can do it in September or October. If we can do it, we’ll have it.”
McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord successfully fought to retain $120,000 to renovate the second set of courts during city budget meetings in June.
At the meeting, McCord stressed the importance of getting the job done now.
“It’s about five or six layers of asphalt. Bad asphalt on top of bad asphalt,” said McCord at the meeting. “The cracks keep coming through. People don’t play on those courts because of their condition.”
His observations of the courts was seconded by alderman Rachel Kirby at the meeting.
“We were playing on them anyway,” she said, “but they are so uneven now that people are going to fall. We quit playing on them because of that. You really can’t play on them.”
Two sets of courts were completed in April, with a price tag of $101,910. When all renovations are completed, the courts are going to be dedicated to Dunlap, the longtime tennis coach.
Reporting from Lisa Hobbs was used in this story.