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Pro shop, lounge opens at Payne Park Tennis Center


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  • | 10:00 a.m. June 17, 2024
Court 13 at Payne Park Tennis Center offers a spot for players to relax before and after matches.
Court 13 at Payne Park Tennis Center offers a spot for players to relax before and after matches.
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Court Thirteen is now open at Payne Park Tennis Center.

No, it is not a 13th tennis court, rather Court Thirteen is part pro shop and part lounge for pre- and post-play relaxation.

The pro shop sells all the usual accoutrements expected, including equipment such as rackets, tennis bags and apparel for sale. Racket restringing services are also available.

The lounge offers a cafe with pre-packaged foods, snacks, water and soft drinks for sale. For adults who enjoy socializing after a session on the court, a full bar with liquor, beer and wine is available. 

Fridays at Court Thirteen feature live music and special events.

An open house was held at the city-owned facility on June 14.

“The upgrades at Payne Park Tennis Center are impressive,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Fogle in a news release. “Court Thirteen, from the initial concept to the name, originated from our Parks and Recreation Team at Payne Park Tennis Center who saw the need, envisioned the possibilities, and worked hard to make it a reality for the community.”

New fencing has been installed around Payne Park Tennis Center that allows for the addition of wind screens.
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Other improvements include new fencing around the 12 Har-Tru clay courts, which allows for the installation of windscreens, a feature not previously available.

Court Thirteen is operated by Tevatan Corp., which also manages another city-owned property, Hart's Landing, at the eastern base of the John Ringling Causeway.

 

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