On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the newly remodeled tennis courts at Sun City Mesquite officially opened for residents of the Pulte Del Webb community and the Sun City Mesquite Tennis Club.
John Brindley, president of the Sun City Mesquite Tennis Club shared his excitement over the new courts explaining that the courts were good before but posed some issues for the senior players such as tripping over stray balls and surface issues which were both addressed in the upgrade. The original courts were built in 2007 and were beginning to show signs of wear.
Brindley told the MLN, “We are really excited about having these new courts. It has been a project for the tennis club for some time and we’re certainly grateful to Del Webb and Pulte for providing this upgrade to us. These courts were resurfaced and divider fences were installed at approximately $42,000. That’s quite an upgrade and we’re looking forward to the opportunity now to be able to offer this venue for future community events and charity tournaments. That’s been one of our club’s goals also.”
When speaking of “We”, Brindley was referring to the 50 to 60 members who make up the Sun City Mesquite Tennis Club. Some of the members were quite eager to express their opinions on the “wonderful” feel of the new surface. The court was resurfaced with a rubbery substance that provided a slight degree of cushion and members commented about how the rubbery surface would reduce the impact on older joints. They were also impressed that the surface included a grainy texture to reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling.
Four of the clubs members couldn’t wait to try out the new courts and jumped right into a game of doubles. The group gathered together for the symbolic cutting of the ribbon to officially open the courts for the season and the club members were enthusiastic about what’s in the club’s future. The tennis club hopes to be able to host some of the larger senior tennis tournaments in the
The club presently meets three times a week from 10 a.m. – noon; last year they met on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday but they have discussed changing Sunday to Saturday this year.
The club consists of men and women who possess a variety of skill levels. The club began a program called Rusty Rackets last year; the program was geared toward seniors who haven’t played tennis in a while and needed a bit of a boost.
Donna Eads, the club’s Events Coordinator holds a certification from the United States Tennis Association and begins the Rusty Rackets tennis clinic one half hour before the club meets to help players warm up and get some tips to help these players get back in their games.
Beside her tennis clinics, Eads is very active elsewhere in the Mesquite community dancing with the Mesquite Toes and volunteering at the local animal shelter.
The club members feel that that the upgrade to the tennis courts will benefit not only the present club members, they will be a huge draw to those that are looking to make Mesquite their permanent home.
Brindley stated, “Del Webb and Pulte did a beautiful job with these upgrades. They are sure to elicit a positive response from those looking for a place to retire, one that offers these sort of beautiful amenities, these courts include both safety features and aesthetics; they’re perfect.”