WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE EXAMINER. By John F. Bailey. February 26, 2014:
The city has chosen Tennis Innovators, a national operator of tennis facilities to improve the Tennis courts at Delfino Park, adding three new courts, improving two for a total of 8 courts. The outfit will build a clubhouse, provide a tennis professional and a pro shop.
Improvements and bubbling to the courts will be paid for in total by the developer and the city will be paid a million dollars plus 5% interest yearly in a ten-year contract.
The plan was presented to the Common Council Monday evening.
Tennis Innovators was the best deal submitted in response to a Request for Proposals put out by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Tennis Innovators, as part of the licensing agreement,( tentatively scheduled for Council consideration next Monday), will pay the city $100,000 plus 5% each year to operate the facility and Innovators will pay for the entire cost of the tennis operation. Six courts of the facility will be covered with a bubble from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
The facility, if the licensing agreement is approved will be operated by Tennis Innovators this year. It will be open to anyone wishing to play, with White Plains residents receiving a 15% discount.
Tennis Innovators operates facilities at the New Rochelle Racquet Club, John Jay Tennis Court, the Chinatown Y, Kips Bay Tennis Court, Westend Church, Montclare School, Hunter College Sportsplex and the River School
They describe themselves on their website as ” provid(ing) top to bottom assistance to help take your tennis business to the next level. We are focused on helping you attain a level of optimal revenue generation while providing five-star customer service and effective tennis programs to position your business for success and growth. Our 15 years of experience and “winning” philosophy will enable your business to reach a higher standard both on and off the court.
“Our group of world class professionals create superior programs for all ages and levels; each program is modified to meet the needs of the players. High quality training with continuous updates on programs to further engage your players as well as encouraging membership growth is what Tennis Innovators provides
“Tennis Innovators focuses on developing a growth strategy through coordination and sales to increase membership and court revenue. Customer segmentation strategies are the key ingredient to making your tennis programs and business more successful than the average tennis club. Tennis Innovators has experience with all surfaces and specializes in hard-tru and red clay court maintenance. Our team of experts are able to tackle any surface challenges that may arise.