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Tennis For Everyone Through July 31 at the New Dick Savitt Tennis Center

By Jason Hollander

The new Dick Savitt Tennis Center boasts six cushioned hard courts enclosed by a spacious dome and state of the art lighting.

The National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, might be world renowned for hosting the U.S. Open, but Columbia's recently completed Dick Savitt Tennis Center has become the new place to play in Manhattan. Through July 31, all Columbia students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to test their game free of charge at an open house on the Center's six cushioned hard courts.

Located at the scenic confluence of the Hudson and Harlem rivers on the northern tip of Manhattan, the new Dick Savitt Tennis Center is enclosed by a spacious dome and illuminated by state of the art lighting, noted by some professionals as the best they've played under. The Center will also be home to Columbia's men's and women's varsity teams, both members of the highly-competitive Ivy League.

"I hope these courts will make the Center a destination for many in the Columbia community," says Guarav Misra, director of the Center and a former Davis Cup player for India. "Tennis is a very physical, challenging game that can be enjoyed by people from all different walks of life."

In addition to the new courts, plans are being made to upgrade and expand the clubhouse facility to include a new weight room and better locker rooms for athletes. This fall, the Center will host men's and women's singles and doubles tournaments sanctioned by the Eastern Tennis Association, a division of the United States Tennis Association.

The Center is named for Dick Savitt, a former Wimbledon and Australian Open singles champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, who has been an avid follower and supporter of the Columbia tennis teams for over 20 years. A grand opening for the Center and naming ceremony will be held this September.

Columbians can either become full members of the Center or use the courts throughout the year by paying an hourly fee. Reduced rates will be offered to faculty and staff during non-prime hours and Misra is working on making the courts available to local residents at a reduced rate during off-peak hours as well.

The Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. Lessons are offered privately or in groups to all ages and there are singles and doubles leagues organized during the winter season. The facility is located at 575 West 218th Street, and can be reached by taking the #1 train to 215th Street and walking north to 218th Street and then west for about 7 minutes. For additional information on membership or any other questions, call Misra at 212-942-7100, or e-mail him, or visit their Web site.

Published: Jul 22, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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