The Grosse Pointe Academy began construction last week on a tennis center renovation. The project consists of demolition of existing six courts, which will be replaced with new asphalt, posts, nets and acrylic tennis surfaces. New windscreens and bleacher shades are also part of the project, which is being entirely funded by an anonymous private donation.
Head of School, Tommy Adams said the school has been planning the renovation since last year, when the donation was received. “Over the past two years, we focused a great deal of attention on improving our physical education and interscholastic sports programs and athletic facilities,” Adams said. “After we replaced our fieldhouse roof, lighting system and floors, our attention shifted to the tennis courts, which were in noticeable disrepair from wear and tear, age and the elements. We are grateful for the support of our donor, whose generosity has allowed us to strengthen the student experience here at the Academy.”
Due to the closure of Michigan school campuses in March, the Academy was able to begin demolition a few weeks earlier than previously planned. The project is anticipated to be complete in early August and will be renamed the Jo Ray Beach Tennis Courts, in honor of the late Jo Ray Beach, a California resident whose love of life, teaching, writing and game of tennis made a lasting impression on all who knew her.