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My 7-year-old recently expressed an interest in tennis. I haven’t played since before she was born, and was delighted to think we might be able to play together. We set out early on Sunday morning to the 12 courts at Play Fair Park. After checking that the courts weren’t reserved we started playing.

After about 20 minutes, 2 young men came into the court and told us that we would have to move. Only one other court was taken, so I was kind of shocked that they would tell us to “slide down” to another court. However, we moved to the far end of the court and kept playing.

Less than 5 minutes later, two women came to our court and again told us to leave. They added that all of the courts were reserved and we would have to stop playing.

My daughter went to the playground while I talked to the tournament director of the Garden City Tennis Association and said that I was very disappointed with the way things had transpired. He said he was sorry and didn’t even realize that anyone else was playing on the courts when he sent players out. We were in the court closest to the parking lot, so all he had to do is look up from his table to see us. He added that they weren’t using all of the courts, so if we wanted to continue playing we could. But by this time my daughter had lost interest in playing.

At home we watched the end of the Wimbledon men’s final and I mentioned they were a lot better than we were, to which she replied, “That’s because no one kicked them off the court when they were little.”

Laura Thompson, Missoula

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