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Damage from deflation requires closure of Herndon’s indoor tennis center

Herndon’s indoor tennis court center is closed early for the season (courtesy Town of Herndon)

The Town of Herndon’s indoor tennis center has closed early for the season, the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department announced yesterday (Tuesday).

The closure was prompted by damage to the tennis enclosure, according to Reid Okoniewski, a spokesperson for the town’s parks and recreation department. 

Located next to the Herndon Community Center at 814 Ferndale Avenue, the tennis enclosure was “significantly deflated and a door was open for unknown reasons, which had caused the air to escape,” Okoniewski said. The town learned of the issue early Sunday (March 24) morning.

A later safety check found that 75% of the lighting was damaged, along with a portion of the courts due to fall lights. 

The lead time to get the specialized bulbs and the contractors to install them would extend beyond the April 14 season closure, which would not allow us to have it repaired safely in the time that remains,” Okoniewski said. 

Individuals with tennis contracts, classics and leagues were notified of next steps earlier this week. Indoor classes will move outside, and men’s double league and indoor tennis contracts have been cancelled for the reminder of the season. Patrons who are affected will have their refunds processed.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and hope we see you on our outdoor tennis courts,” the town wrote in a statement.

A new, temporary tennis structure will be installed for the new indoor sports season by the fall. 

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