Wimbledon Tennis Club Claims "Eviction"

Move follows go-ahead for school expansion

A Wimbledon tennis club which was visited by Roger Federer as part of an Olympic Legacy programme claims it has been "evicted" from its home.

Dundonald Rec Tennis Club (DRTC) says it has received a letter from Merton Council stating that the courts were "closed to the public" from Monday (September 29).

Dr Ernest Pinto, Chair of DRTC, says the tennis nets have been removed and the courts are now only available as a playground for Dundonald Primary School.

The move follows the completion of legal challenges against the council's plans to expand the school into a section of the park.

The council has now been given permission to start work on their expansion plan and it is understood they have closed the courts to the public as work gets underway.

Dr Ernesto Pinto said: "I'm shocked by Merton Council's institutional bullying of the tennis club. They managed to get rid of the historic bowling club and now they're trying to exterminate the tennis club."

October 2, 2014

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