Matthews, a veterinarian in Milton, became quite a local legend in tennis and played a large part in the first tennis courts ever in Milton.
During the ceremony Milton Mayor Guy Thompson admitted that he had only one regret about the day and that was not telling his friend the courts were going to be named after him when they were completed.
The new courts located on Sanders St. between the Milton Community Center and W.H. Rhodes Elementary, were made possible through a joint effort of the City of Milton and the Santa Rosa County Board of Education.
Santa Rosa Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick noted the amount of cooperation between the city and county school in making the improvements possible.
The courts, which are available to be rented by the public, will also serve as the home of the Milton High School Tennis Team and an athletic classroom facility for area Santa Rosa County School featuring the latest United States Tennis Associations lighting standards.
According to Matthews’ son Roger, his father never lost a tennis match to hear him tell it.
Late in life Doc developed a passion for tennis and played in numerous tournaments while earning several trophies and honors.