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3 Sandy-damaged tennis facilities to get USTA funds

The courts at the Long Beach Tennis Center

The courts at the Long Beach Tennis Center in Long Beach. (April 15, 2012)

The United States Tennis Association is donating a total of $120,000 to three Nassau County tennis facilities that suffered damage during superstorm Sandy.

The Long Beach Tennis Center in Long Beach will receive $45,000; Point Set Tennis Center in Oceanside will get $50,000; and Claytime Indoor Tennis in Island Park will receive $25,000, USTA representatives said.

Long Beach and Point Set are public centers, while Claytime is semiprivate, USTA representatives said. The centers received funds through the USTA’s Sandy relief program, which “helps support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects,” the USTA said in a statement.

Marc Kemp, one of the owners of Point Set, said his facility was completely wiped out by Sandy, and has since been rebuilt. He said the damage was about $750,000.

The USTA grant will help pay some of that bill, Kemp said. The Oceanside facility, which had 4½ feet of water inside its 50,000-square-foot building after Sandy, fully reopened in January, he said.

“They saw one of their longtime supporters was in trouble and they came to our aid,” Kemp said. “The fact that they did this is fantastic.”

The USTA has awarded funds to nine facilities, including the three Nassau locations, through its Sandy relief program.

The grants have totaled $242,000 and also have assisted tennis centers in New York City and Connecticut, USTA representatives said.

Trina Singian, a spokeswoman for the USTA, said the association is considering more grants in the tri-state area.

“We just want to help any way we can,” she said.

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