The likely move of the state boys and girls tennis tournaments to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in fall 2015 is a scenario that has been discussed for the past couple of years between the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The OHSAA announced in late January the verbal agreement was in place for the tennis tournaments – currently held at Ohio State University’s Stickney Tennis Center – to move to Mason. The move will likely be approved at the OHSAA Board of Directors meeting in April.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” OHSAA commissioner Dr. Dan Ross told The Enquirer in January. “They are very tickled to have us there.”
How long of an agreement for the tournament to be there in Mason is still being discussed. What impact it will have financially to the Mason area each fall and spring is also still being evaluated, said Ben Huffman, director of sports marketing at the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The Lindner Center is we feel is the best tennis center in the state of Ohio,” Huffman said.
One aspect which helped the Mason site was three potential indoor tennis partners in The Club at Harper’s Point, Five Seasons and Queen City Racquet Club.
The OHSAA had been concerned in the past about the availability of indoor facilities in Greater Cincinnati.
The girls tennis tournament has been moved indoors because of rain the past three years in Columbus.
“The ATP (previous name) should be a great site for the state (tournament),” St. Xavier coach Russ King said. “…I have been selling the ATP for years.”
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