The condition of the John Carroll tennis courts, are sending many students who use the courts into despair. The courts have been called a “disgrace” by several different members of the tennis team, as they are not only unsightly, but also unsafe to play on. The tennis team, and the Tennis 101 class used to be able to play on up to six courts, but have recently been only able to play on three of them due to construction of Hamlin and Campion halls.
“The condition of the tennis courts are poor to say the least. They are in the condition that they are [in], because they are not kept up from year to year. To fix the courts they would have to repave the courts because they are beyond repair of just simple fixes now,” said junior Ryan Mullaney, a member of the John Carroll varsity men’s tennis team.
The Cleveland winters have taken a toll on the courts. They are full of cracks and have poor drainage. Also, trees are planted too close to the courts causing the walls that surround the court to lean in and leaves to cover the courts.
“We have two incredible coaches, top-notch players and a record that speaks for itself. I do not believe these courts are a positive representation of our men and women’s team. These courts are an embarrassment to us, and should be for the entire University,” said junior Melissa Dillon, a member of the JCU women’s tennis team.
The conditions of the tennis courts are not by any means new. According to JCU senior Michael Hulseman, they have not been in playable condition during his entire time at JCU.
“We have never had a home match on those courts in my four years here. It’s a problem if we want to get anyone out to our home matches for support because they are never actually at our home courts. Honestly, I was told as a senior in high school that new courts were in the works and I have yet to hear anything other than speculation. So I am doubtful that we will see anything done about it for some time,” said Hulseman.
According to John Carroll Athletic Director Laurie Massa, the University is aware of the conditions of the court, but it may take some time to remedy the situation. The University has to deal with some issues of cost and scheduling before it can start repairs on the courts.
“There are no immediate plans, but we are looking into options related to repairs. Timing for repairs is somewhat related to budget priorities, and also related to larger campus facility planning,” said Massa.
For now, the fate of the tennis courts is undecided, but JCU students remain hopeful that repairs will be made.