Baby, it’s cold outside, but tennis players are tough

Big Canoe’s clay courts look bizarrely existential in winter’s bleak light. (Photo by Matt Motil)
By Matt Motil

 

Keeping Big Canoe’s clay courts playable in the winter is always a challenge. With changing temperatures and early morning freezes, it has been a busy month. Each time the temperature drops to freezing, the clay courts freeze beneath the surface. The courts then have to thaw before they can be rolled, lines pounded, and groomed for play. This extended process can take several days. Kudos to the tennis staff for making this maintenance happen and doing their best to keep the clay courts open.

Big Canoe’s clay courts look bizarrely existential in winter’s bleak light. (Photo by Matt Motil)
Big Canoe’s clay courts look bizarrely existential in winter’s bleak light. (Photo by Matt Motil)

In 2013, November 22 was the last day to play on the clay courts until late February 2014, with very little play happening in the month of November. This year the clay courts are still being used in December with over twice the play compared to the previous year. It may be cold outside, but the courts are still open for those who love invigorating games.

Contact the Tennis Center at (706) 268-3367 with questions about court conditions before you trek over.