Story and photo by Kerry Phelps Dale

It was a hot second day of May when 130 members and friends gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Middleburg Tennis Club’s new indoor tennis facility. The project includes two indoor courts, lower and upper level viewing areas, a pro shop, the pro’s office, a videotape analysis room, reception area, kitchenette and men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The 1.8-million-dollar expansion of the club, scheduled for completion in November, will bring the total number of courts to 13; five indoor, six outdoor clay and two outdoor hard.

Bearing shovels and speaking at the ceremony were Max Clatterbuck, President of Lantz Construction of Winchester, Arch Moore and David Leudemann of Middleburg Bank, Paul Mayer, MTC Board President, Dale Shultz, MTC Building Committee Chair, MTC General Manager, Vaughn Gatling and MTC Director of Tennis, Kevin Brundle.

The ceremony was followed by the season opening of the deck with a cookout and live music by Bryan Fox Trio while overlooking an exhibition match of some of the club’s top players and teaching pros.

The new facility will be open and ready for the club’s 50th Anniversary next year. ML