The USTA wants to come in and redo the courts at Juniper Valley Park, and take two of the courts and make them for youth 12 and under.
Local tennis enthusiast Eric Kudrein, who was using the courts on a lunch break last week, said he's worried that there won't be enough court space during the busier hours of the day.
“People come here after work, and they have maybe an hour or two to play at best. If you take two or three of these courts away, I don't know?” Kudrein said. “It's already $200 to play, and they want to take courts away?”
Kudrein and his partner for the day were among those at the park to have signed a petition to renovate the courts, which according to several nearby placards posted on the fence, are scheduled for renovation on September 22.
Currently, the courts are in disrepair, with one of the central issues being an inadequate drainage system.
Board Chairman Vincent Arcuri said the move was part of the organization's requirement to give back to communities in exchange for expansion of the National Tennis Center.
His concern, as expressed at the monthly board meeting last week, was whether the courts would continue to serve the community or be given up to the city at large.
“Are the youth going to be playing at Juniper, or are they going to be recruited citywide?” he asked.