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Tennis services agreement for Brighton Park approved


By Randy Bell

A company which runs tennis programs in Madison and Hattiesburg will soon be doing the same thing in Clinton. The Board of Aldermen voted July 19 to approve a contract with EKS Management LLC to provide tennis services at Brighton Park effective September 1.


Company CEO Justyn Schelver says the first priorities are setting up space for the pro shop, putting together a marketing campaign and developing a program structure.


“Not necessarily finalized,” Schelver says, “but a good concrete start in place and then getting that out to the community.”


He says one of his full-time employees is moving to Clinton “to basically take the reins” in the early stages of the Brighton Park operation. And while it won’t officially begin until September, Schelver says it’s possible that tennis lessons could be offered earlier.


Under the proposed rules and regulations submitted to the Board, all tennis courts at Brighton will have to be reserved in ninety-minute increments before playing, and players will be required to sign in at the pro shop and pay a court rental fee.


Clinton residents will be charged $3 for recreational play, and cost will be $4 for non-residents. There’s a $12 per hour fee to rent a ball machine.
Proper tennis attire will be required, including shoes appropriate for tennis.


Lessons may only be given by the Brighton Park Tennis staff unless special arrangements are made. Lessons will be offered in private sessions, semi-private or in small groups.


Also, a Tennis Committee may be formed to provide input into the Brighton Park program.


During the July 19 Board meeting, Alderman Chip Wilbanks said the agreement with EKS “will change tennis in Clinton in a big, big way.”

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