- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

KEAUHOU, Hawaii (AP) - The Old Kona Airport Park tennis courts will be refurbished in a partnership between Hawaii County and the United States Tennis Association.

Over 2,000 fans filled the Holua Tennis Center on Saturday to see U.S. star Sloane Stephens and Poland’s Madga Linette compete as part of the Fed Cup USTA tournament. Plans to refurbish the courts are tied to the Fed Cup tradition of impacting host communities, West Hawaii Today reported (https://bit.ly/1nRvsk7 ).

The Saturday event featured two singles matches.

USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Katrina Adams says Hawaii is a fantastic tennis town.

“The community has truly embraced the tennis this week and fully supports the USTA’s mission of growing the game,” Adams said. “With this Fed Cup Legacy project, we are proud to leave a significant footprint in this town by renovating the tennis courts at Kona’s Old Airport and by also giving kids the opportunity to learn and play the sport.”

USTA Hawaii Pacific Section executive director Ron Romano says details are evolving, but Kailua-Kona is getting refurbished courts, new lighting and three child-friendly courts.

“Old A has the only public tennis court in the whole area, and they’re highly used,” Romano said. “We wanted to help out.”

A grand opening is expected in November, though the project must first go through the county’s bidding process.

Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha said repairs to the cracks in the courts have been ongoing, but that a new foundation is needed.

“I’ve never seen a pro match before, even though I’ve played tennis my whole life,” Kanuha said. “It was pretty incredible to see it here in Kona.”

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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