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8:27 PM Tue, Sept. 25th

2 Armory courts<BR>replaced soon;<BR>Labor Day results

Let it be known that sometime before the end of fall the two most northern tennis courts at the Armory, occasionally called "The Beach" due to the synthetic grass having sand on top, will be replaced with a new similar type of surface.

Parks and Recreation Director, Jim McCasland said that bids will be taken in the very near future.

Fifty-five thousand dollars has been set aside to not only pay for these courts to be resurfaced with new fabric, but also to hopefully replace some of the fencing around this 1930-40's facility.

The current courts were put in more than 20 years ago and have not had to have any real extra maintenance except to weekly re-rake the sand. So, divide $100,000 (when all four courts are replaced) by 20 years and you end up with a price tag of $5,000 a year with almost no extra costs incurred. A pretty good deal for the public.

Compare that to building new hard courts at a cost of around $40,000 dollars per court and then having (at least) to resurface them around every five years and fix cracks to an additional cost of $5,000 dollars per court.

The total over 20 years would be $160,000 for the four courts to be built, not including the cost of the land, plus approximately $20,000 dollars every five years in resurfacing (four times over 20 years) which adds up to another $80,000, or a total of $240,000.

Jim, please just make sure the lines are wider and more colorful this time around.

"Labor Day Open Results"

Bernie Adam, Head Pro and Tennis Director at the Prescott Racquet Club, ran a very successful Labor Day Open Tennis Tournament with his able assistant Binki Thalheimer and other staff members, consisting of 18 events and consolation rounds for first round losers over the long weekend here in Prescott. (RR=Round Robin Event winners, C=Consolation winner.)

Champion Results: Men's Singles: 3.0 Jake Jackson RR - 3.5 Jim Robak def. Mike Dowell 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 Daniel Arcuri C. 4.0 Robert Hernandez def. John Heck 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. David Rainey C. 4.5 Bill Butler def. Ryan Camping 6-4, 6-4. Eric Myers C.

Women's Singles: 3.0 Evelyn Herrick RR. 3.5 Lacey Wood R.R. 4.0 Laura Eaton

Men's Doubles: 3.0 Jake Jackson/Ben Wright 3.5 Don Current/Jim Robak def Kevin Shuster/Russ Wagner 6-3, 7-6 Don Jones/Dave Justice C. 4.0 John Heck/Tom Heck def Andy/Matt Mraz 6-4, 6-3 Bill Deppey/Scott Meyers C. 4.5 Chris Howard/Bill Butler R.R.

Women's Doubles: 3.0 Evelyn/Nancy Seaman R.R. 3.5 Minmette Curnett/Wandra Hughes def. Regina Butt/Patty Polock 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. Dani Solomon/Sarah Watson C.

4.0 Mallory Jackson/Glenda Meyers def. Lynne Chamberlin/Annette Elliothorpe 7-5, 1-6, 6-4. Stephanie Cotton/Lynn Sanford C.

Mixed Doubles: 3.0 Corinna Repucci/Greg Repucci def. Rick Benson/Ellie Trantham 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 (inj.) 3.5 Stan Preston/Minmette Curnett R.R. 4.0 Scott Petry/Allison Wood def. Mallory Jackson/Cody Williams 6-2, 6-3. Scott/Glenda Meyers C. 4.5 Bill Depey/Jan Hasse R.R.

Upcoming Local Tournaments to enter ...

Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is the Back to School Family Doubles, held at the Roughrider Tennis Center. Play with a family member or a kissin' cousin. A-B & C events, lunch/snacks, most unusual prizes. $15 per person. Call 445-1331 to enter. (Then go watch the men's U.S. Open championships that begin at 1 p.m.)

Oct. 7-10 is the 5th Annual PATA Yavapai County Tennis Championships.

2.0 to Open divisions for men, women and juniors. Singles/doubles and mixed events. Entry deadline is Sept. 29th. Applications at the Prescott Racquet Club and the Yavapai College tennis shed. Call 776-4245 for more information.

"US Open-6 more days!"

It's getting down to the nitty-gritty at the Open. Agassi vs. Federer in the quarters. We'd all pretty much like to see Andre pull off an upset, but it's a real long shot. And my guess would be Hewitt vs. Roddick in the bottom semis where Roddick should have the upper hand. Just maybe Tim Henman can win his first major, but I wouldn't put a lot of money in that direction.

Davenport looks really ready for another Open win. She got by Venus solidly, but how about playing Justine Henin-Hardeene? In the lower half, Capriati and Serena Williams will face off and the winner of that will most likely play the French-woman Amelie Mauresmo who has been playing like a champ.

Martina Navratilova is still alive in women and mixed doubles, so maybe she'll acquire one more major title before she retires at the end of the year.

Yep, six more days of some really great tennis to watch.

(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or 4541choward@earthlink.net)