The September/October 2016 issue of ALTA Net News has a 3-page feature on the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, and a great interview with pioneering ALTA volunteer Anne James.
We had a great turn-out to the 2016 Georgia State Adult/Senior Open Tennis Championship! Below are some photos of the event and the winners.
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Bitsy Grant Tennis Center owes much to our volunteers, who frequently come together to improve the courts and make things happen.
Take Irv Hoffman.
A proud Georgia Tech graduate, Hoffman is a retired engineer who started his own company, Hoffman, Butler & Associates, in 1969. Among its many achievements, his firm served as the mapping consultant for the Interstate 285/GA 400 Interchange, and also worked on major projects for MARTA and the Georgia DOT.
Irv started playing tennis in high school on his uncle’s red clay court in Apple Pie Ridge, in Baldwin County, GA. When he picked tennis back up again, he chose to play at Bitsy Grant because of the clay courts. An avid player, you can find him on the courts up to 3 days a week.
One day, Irv got tired of looking at the weeds growing in the shadow of the former grand stand between courts 1 & 2 and 11 & 12. The bleachers that sat there had been condemned and torn down in 2013, and what remained was an eyesore.
Irv decided to do something about it. He removed the weeds, replenished the soil, and planted roses, day lilies, hardy plants and low shrubs. Despite his work, he knew irrigation would be a problem because of the concrete slab underneath the plants, and the broken faucets at either end of the garden.
So he researched the faucet manufacturer (Murdock, an 85-year-old company) and ordered replacement parts. Now the frost-free faucets work perfectly. His latest project is to fix the water fountain between courts 1 and 12, not far from the garden. With handyman Alito’s help, he has taken it apart, identified the broken part, and is convinced the Murdock water fountain will last 100 years once repaired. When asked why he took all this on, he said simply, “It needed to be done.”
Longtime friend and fellow Bitsy player Bill Earnest had this to say when asked about Hoffman:
Both on and off the Bitsy tennis court, Irv Hoffman is one of the most unselfish individuals I’ve had the pleasure to know. His voluntary, intelligent, and constant care for the bushes and flower planter, the water fountains, and the Bitsy Tennis Center grounds evidences his “giving” approach to life. And even on the tennis court, it’s almost impossible to get him to choose on which side to play or who will serve first. He always defers to his partner’s wishes.
When you are fortunate enough to play tennis with Irv, you know he gets to every shot and somehow never seems to tire – even on scorching days. He is proud of his alma mater Georgia Tech and a real credit to his engineering profession. In his “spare time,” Irv is a long distance bicycler – having pedaled across the United States and cycled in many parts of our country. He truly is a man of many talents and a good friend.”
We couldn’t agree more. A tremendous thank you to Irv Hoffman for bringing some beauty (and water) to our tennis courts!
Join your tennis friends and the Washington and McGhee Pros for a night at the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station! This years field is World Class, with John Isner, Fernando Verdasco, Nick Kyrgios, and Kevin Anderson all entered in the event. We had a private reception with Patrick McEnroe and Dennis Kudla the past two years, and will have another special reception this year that won’t disappoint!
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Place: Atlantic Station
Time: Gates open at 1PM, matches start at 2PM
Cost: $50 per person for Gold Level Seating
Contact Elizabeth Brooks at email@example.com to reserve a spot for this great evening!
In 2012, the old bleachers near Courts 1 & 2 were condemned by the City of Atlanta and later torn down. To replace them, the Friends of Bitsy Grant Board requested a 2015 proposal from Lord Aeck & Sargent (architects of the clubhouse) for a two-story concrete pavilion.
The resulting design was beautiful, but too expensive. So the Board searched for an alternative that could provide much-needed shade and seating for spectators, at a reasonable cost.
The solution: The Friends of Bitsy Grant propose to build two wood decks with shade covers, placed between courts 3 and 4 and courts 9 and 10 (see above and below for conceptual renderings by board member Theo Rudnak).
A total of 7 bids were solicited from builders, with 6 bids received. Based on the received quotes, the Friends of Bitsy Grant will seek to raise $120,000 over the coming months for the new platforms.