Holiday gives tennis group a reason to get back on courts


It will not take the luck of the Irish to find a good time at the Steamboat Tennis Center on Sunday.

What it will take is an afternoon of tennis and socializing with others who enjoy the sport at the Steamboat Tennis Association's St. Patrick's Day Party.

Tennis Association President Dom Riggio said the event is a chance for association members to take part in the annual meeting, during which newly elected officers will be confirmed and next year's budget will be discussed. After the meeting, local tennis players can take to the courts.

"It's really just a chance to get on the court with other members and play some tennis," Riggio said. "We try to do it at least once a month."

This meeting will take on added importance because the annual meeting also will be included.

"We normally hold our annual meeting in December, but because the Tennis Center was closed this year, we didn't have anywhere to hold it," Riggio said.

The meeting will provide a public forum to announce the newly elected vice president, secretary and treasurer for the association.

It also is a chance for nonmembers to get information about the association's role in the community and to discover ways to become more involved in Steamboat.

The cost to take part in the St. Patrick's Day Party is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

The event comes as the tennis season is starting to heat up. Tennis Center Director Jim Swiggart said the construction at the Tennis Center has made this a difficult winter for local players who enjoy tennis year-round, but he is happy that four of the six indoor courts at the center are ready. He is optimistic that the other two courts, and many of the remaining details, will be completed soon.

"Our first major tournament of the summer is scheduled for Memorial Day, and things are really starting to come together," Swiggart said.


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