Weekend tennis warriors may be unhappy to learn that the six courts at San Ramon Valley High School will be closed for repairs for two weeks, starting July 28. But the good news is that the annoying and potentially dangerous cracks in the surface are being repaired.
"There will be new asphalt on four courts, and they're going to do Petro Matting on the other two to take care of the cracks," said Frank Haswell, coach of the girls varsity and assistant coach for the boys, who is also owner of Tennis, Trophies and Tee Time.
"The total project is estimated at two weeks, to be safe," Haswell added. "We're trying to get them done before Aug. 15. That's the beginning day for team tryouts. School starts the following Monday, the 22nd."
San Ramon Valley High School has six courts, which are maintained by the school district; the Town of Danville is responsible for the lighting.
"They are going to be 150 percent better than they have been over the last year," Haswell said. "They started deteriorating probably 18 months ago with major cracks on four of the six courts."
"It's annoying with the balls but when the crack gets to be excessive, it can be dangerous," he added.
An informal men's drop-in tennis group uses the courts each Saturday and Sunday morning, for players rated 3.5 and above, and regular player Doug Allen of Danville was pleased to hear about the scheduled repairs.
"The cracks are maybe half an inch wide, certainly big enough to trip on, and they've got growth coming through them," said Allen, who's been dropping in to play for 16-17 years. "If the ball hits them, it throws everything off."
Danville Tennis Club also has drop-in play for 3.5 or higher for men and women at SRVHS at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Haswell suggests that, during the closure, tennis groups go to Monte Vista High School, which has eight courts, or to Danville's Osage Station Park, which has four courts.
But four of the eight Monte Vista High courts also will be closed from July 28-Aug. 14 for resurfacing. These are the four nearest the parking lot, which are owned by the School District. The other four are owned by the Town of Danville and they were resurfaced last year, said district spokesman Terry Koehne.
"The work is significant," Koehne said. "It takes two weeks to do it, then to wait for everything to cure and to dry."
The cost is $69,000 for the work at San Ramon Valley High, and $54,000 for Monte Vista, said Koehne; it comes from the district's deferred maintenance money.
"I think the courts are a real community asset because people are allowed to play on them and they're centrally located," Allen said. "It's good to keep them surfaced, not just for the school but for the rest of the community."