When Don Doucette, the school district’s athletic director, came on board in 2012, he said he felt the athletic facilities were all in great shape, with the exception of the tennis courts.
“They were a real eyesore,” he said. “We were patching them up and doing the best we could to hold both our boys and girls tennis matches here this past spring.”
Doucette is excited to see the improvements.
“We’re watching the process go on as they build them day by day,” he said.
While Doucette didn’t anticipate any major expansion to the town’s tennis programming, he said having seven operational courts available simultaneously does increase the opportunities that might become available, including the possibility for some camps.
While the courts will be finished this fall, they won’t be seeing active play until next spring.
The Friends of Andover Tennis is already lining up a full opening ceremony with an intergenerational focus to break in the courts, Frykenberg said.
It’s the kind of ceremony — “an event that brings together the school players and town players” — that the friends group hopes becomes an annual movement, he said.
“One thing that would be really good for the town is something to keep high school and varsity players in touch with younger players coming up,” Frykenberg said. “We have a robust group, and we hope to host an event like this every year.”
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