Northern Marianas Islands Tennis Association president Jeff Race and treasurer Lydia Tan led a cleanup drive at the American Memorial Park tennis courts last Saturday.
The two NMITA officials were joined by junior and adult players in water-blasting all four courts, wall courts, and the walkway along the bleachers area, and bush cutting the backside of the sport facility.
“Great effort from everyone who came out and helped. Thank you to Lydia Tan for making this happen and to TanHoldings for providing the equipment,” Race said.
Tan, on the other hand thanked the AMP management and chief ranger Jason Tinley for allowing the NMITA to clean up the court. The association also acknowledged the staff of Realty Management Services for their assistance in the cleanup that ran from 9am to 6pm.
“Thank you to all who came out to help and volunteer their time. It’s all about teamwork, as we did the clean up fast and successful. We finished cleaning up all four courts and other areas in one day,” Tan said.
The NMITA officials said that the courts were full off algae, very slippery, and are not safe for play, especially during the rainy season.
“We are always after the safety of the players, especially now that more people are getting back to the court or training for upcoming tournaments,” Tan said.
Players and their parents were thankful to the NMITA and the volunteers for the initiative and look forward to playing in a much cleaner and safer facility.
This weekend, the tennis community will have its first tournament for the 2021-2022 season with the staging of the 11th TanHoldings Tennis Classic.
The competition will run from Nov. 12 to 15 for the juniors events and from Nov. 19 to 21 for the adults. The tournament was supposed to kick off late last month, but was rescheduled as safety measure against the recent COVID-19 cases in the community.
Besides the TanHoldings Tennis Classic, the NMITA will also have tournaments from January to April next year, both in juniors and adults divisions, while players may also utilize the AMP courts for training for the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games that will take place on Saipan from June 17 to 25. (PR)