Friday, September 4, 2009
Tennis Center Getting a Facelift
Sports Columnist / Reporter
The Mercer Bears Tennis teams are set to roar into the Fall semester with the addition of eight refurbished courts and a clutch of new faces.
The LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center, situated on southern the edge of campus, was in need of a touch up and it has certainly received that courtesy of Mercer Athletics. All of the courts have been completely resurfaced with blue and green Plexipave Acrylic. This is the same surface that is used at the US Open and countless other high profile tennis events around the world. It complies fully with NCAA standards and is designed to reduce impact on players’ joints.
In addition, Coach Nick Stutsman has signed several new players to freshen up the Men’s roster. Freshman Peter Tauchner joins Transfers Evandro Rosindo and Raul Martinez to replace Justin Wimpee and Chapman Mitchell who graduated last year.
However, the Women’s team has not, as yet, found replacements for Irys Citko and Juliana Moscoso Chiang. It is expected that some new players will sign in January in time for Atlantic Sun Conference play as the current roster only stands seven-strong.
Both teams are set to begin official practice soon and are raring to prepare thoroughly ahead of their off-season tournament schedules. We will preview fully their prospects in a future edition of The Cluster.