Tennis Tourney to Help Fix Courts

The winning team was Coach Bill Greenlaw and Haley Donovan. In second place was Sarah Smith and Justin Hallowell, in third place was Herb and Lyn Duplissea, and placing in fourth was Woody and Sarah Moulton. “Grampie” Bill Gibson received a special award for being at the tournament and donating hotdogs and other food items to the players. (Photo credit Alicia Willis)

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of work put into the Thomas Dicenzo Athletic Complex, the baseball fields, the construction of the gazebo and the upgrades to the Howard Fox Memorial Pool. One thing that has yet to be done is repair to the tennis courts both up by the playground and down by the pool. 

A group of people, including community members and tennis players, are banding together to help get the courts redone and into a more welcoming condition. Maine Tennis and Track came and did an evaluation of the courts and declared that the courts would have to be completely torn up and redone. According to a presentation David Sivret gave to the Calais City Council the project would cost in the neighborhood of $118,000 to complete. 

Both courts have countless deep cracks in them that have been patched over the years but have reached the end of their ability to be patched. The fence at the upper court by the playground also needs replacing. 

To raise the funds, the group is working on getting grants as well as fundraising on their own. So far they have held a tag day, spaghetti supper and raffles. This past Saturday and Sunday the group held a mixed doubles tournament to raise funds as well. 

The tournament started Saturday with a total of fourteen teams ranging in age from 12 up to 65. Players included current members of the High School Tennis team, coaches, Calais High Alumni, members of the summer adult program, members of the youth summer program, and a father-daughter team from Cutler who traveled down specifically for the tournament. Teams played a double elimination tournament with the awards ceremony happening after the end of the tournament on Sunday afternoon. 

The winning team was Coach Bill Greenlaw and Haley Donovan. In second place was Sarah Smith and Justin Hallowell, in third place was Herb and Lyn Duplissea, and placing in fourth was Woody and Sarah Moulton. “Grampie” Bill Gibson received a special award for being at the tournament and donating hotdogs and other food items to the players. 

The group will continue holding fundraisers throughout the fall and winter. The next scheduled event will be a table at the International Festival Street Fair on Saturday August 12 where they will be raffling off 100 gallons of fuel donated by V.L. Tammaro as well as tennis equipment and a 50/50 raffle. If you want to make a donation to help the project you can contact David Sivret or send checks courtesy of the Calais Recreation Department and in the memo line write Calais Tennis Courts.


In Saturday's Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament Fundraiser, the father and daughter team of Woody and Sarah Moulton traveled from Cutler to participate. The Cutler area doesn't offer a tennis program but 12 year old Sarah enjoys the sport and was the youngest participant in Saturday's tournament. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)


The tennis courts at the Thomas Dicenzo Athletic Complex in Calais are in need of serious repair and renovation. The courts are used by the Calais High School Teams during their spring season and the Calais Rec Department Summer Tennis Programs, as well as the community at large. The number of cracks and their depth make the courts at times difficult to play on and difficult to maintain. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)