Tennis Everyone?

The Providence Tennis and Pickleball Center at Roger Williams Park is now open with ten clay courts (all resurfaced with new lines), one hardcourt, and three pickleball courts. This will be its fifth season under the able stewardship of Nestor Bernabe, owner of Providence Tennis, and the improvements have been impressive. The big news this season: The new Pro Shop! So now “the old blue shed” has been transformed into a reception desk/snack shack, with picnic tables. They will now be able to have food prepared for members and tournament guests.

Tennis not in your budget? There is help for both kids and adults now. Those with limited funds should check out the new “One Love Providence” program which offers free tennis for kids 5-18 years of age. It runs for six weeks on Sundays, from 11am to noon.

I spoke with Mr. Bernabe yesterday and he was very enthusiastic about this program adding, “This year we have added a component for adults too . . . May 8th is the first day and that runs for six weeks.” This comes courtesy of grants from USTA RI, the RI Foundation, and Bank Newport.

Apply for a summer membership or sign up for the myriad programs (adult and junior) that will be running this season. Go here for all the program information.

The Tennis Center is just in from the Broad Street entrance to the park. Take the first right after you see the colorful Gateway Center.

Providence Tennis Center, Roger Williams Park, 100 Hawthorne Avenue, (directions)

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Nestor Bernabe (on the right) and his assistant Kenny were hanging the wind screens on the fencing when I showed up. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Very nice graphics — go Spartans!

The new Pro Shop!

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(Trivia: Did Bogart ever speak the line “Tennis Anyone?” in a Broadway play?)

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