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Great Day for Tennis in Asheville

July 19, 2006 02:26 PM

Monday, July 17 was a great day for tennis in Asheville!

Throughout the day “Dual Hand Luke” lead a series of tennis clinics and a special lunch to talk tennis for players of all ages. This day was even declared the inaugural Luke Jensen Day at the 75th Annual City of Asheville Open Tennis Championships.

In the early afternoon the new Covington Clubhouse at the Aston Park Tennis Center was formally dedicated and enjoyed it’s Grand Opening. Asheville’s “Mr. Tennis”, Dick Covington, graciously willed the proceeds of the sale of his estate to raise money for a tennis museum and clubhouse at Aston Park. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also chipped in a grant of $89,000 to help fulfill his final wishes.

"The dedication of the new Covington Clubhouse at Aston Park was a wonderful tribute to Dick and Irene Covington,” says Jeff Joyce, who serves dual roles as the President of the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA) and Assistant Superintendent of Recreation for Ashville Parks & Recreation Department. “Their love for the sport of tennis, Aston Park, and the Asheville City Open was truly remarkable.”

Picture Identification (l-r):

Enhancements to the clubhouse include:
- Covington Gallery Foyer displaying his personal tennis memorabilia and other historical displays of tennis in WNC
- Large Player’s Lounge for meeting and entertaining
- Dressing rooms for men and women, featuring showers, locker, etc.
- Pro shop
- Concessions
- Wrap-Around Balcony with seating to view tennis courts

“We appreciate all the support from the USTA family for the project,” says Joyce. “Having several key USTA staff members and volunteers attend the dedication exhibits what the USTA's ‘Tennis in the Parks’ program can help accomplish when we all work together."

The Aston Park Tennis Center is open daily from 9am-9pm
(April 1st-late November).
Click here for the Aston Park Tennis Center Website

 

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