City to dedicate tennis complex March 7

Published on March 06, 2014 with No Comments

The City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a ceremony on March 7 at 10 a.m. to officially open and dedicate the newly renovated Milton Tennis Complex in honor of the late Dr. O.K. Matthews.

Everyone is invited to come out and try our new tennis courts of March 7 free of charge. Individuals can participate in some complimentary tennis drills with USTA Pro Mario Alvarez as well as register for a chance to win a one-year family membership valued at $200.

During the ceremony the event will feature possible future tennis players from neighboring W.H. Rhodes Elementary School as well as the current members of the Milton High School tennis team.

The six tennis courts that make up the Dr. O.K. Matthews Tennis Complex were made possible through a joint effort of the City of Milton, the Santa Rosa County Board of Education.

This tennis complex currently has served as the home of the Milton High School tennis team and features a practice court along with meeting the latest USTA standards when it comes to stadium lighting.

As the City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department prepares for this high occasion in honoring the late Dr. Matthews, who played a huge role in the first tennis courts being located in Milton, we are also seeking area men and women who would like to be part of a tennis club.

This tennis club would not only help promote the game, but play against each other as well as other area tennis clubs. The purpose of this would be to not only promote the game, but to improve on their skills.


Area tennis players who would be interested in being a part of the tennis club can contact the Milton Community Center at 983-5466.

The Milton Parks and Recreation Department will collect the names of those are interested and then hold an organizational meeting at a later date.

Starting Monday those tennis players interested can sign up for annual memberships or if they would prefer they can rent the courts for two hour periods.

An additional note for the media about Doc Matthew’s love for the game of tennis is ironically that it currently runs three generations deep as his granddaughter Ashley, a freshman at Milton High, is a member of the Lady Panthers’ tennis team.

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