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Tennis Players Hope Bellevue Courts Get Facelift

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by Chris Conte

BELLEVUE, Tenn. - Tennis players in Bellevue are asking the city to take a closer look at three courts at a local middle school they say have fallen into disrepair.

"The court surface should be green, you can tell it's mostly browns because that's the asphalt underneath it and that's not supposed to be there. It just got to be so dangerous that we decided we had to go elsewhere to play," explained Robert Dueease who hasn't used the public courts in over two years.

Large cracks in the courts have exposed grass in some areas and nets are hanging on by strings in places.

"Personally I think it's kind of pitiful. It would be kind of nice if they had people pick up the trash and stuff to make it look a little bit nicer," said 12-year-old Nathan Gardner who was playing tennis with a friend on Sunday.

Metro Parks has heard residents concerns and plans to try and fix the aging worn out courts, but that won't happen until sometime in 2014.

"The quality of play goes down because you're sliding all the time. We believe the later the repairs come the more extensive the more expensive the repairs come," explained Marc Lyon who has also helped push for the changes.

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