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Keystone reviewing future of tennis

KEYSTONE – Howie Cohen has more than 600 names on his list of local tennis players. He’s having trouble imagining all of them crammed into the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s tennis courts next year.

Cohen, a Breckenridge resident, is concerned over reports that Keystone Resort is reviewing the future of its tennis program.

Keystone Resort has two indoor tennis courts and a dozen outdoor courts. The resort employs a tennis pro, John O’Connor, who helps organize tournaments and clinics, in addition to lessons.

Cohen and other Keystone tennis fanatics are writing letters to Keystone chief operating officer Roger McCarthy and other Vail Resorts officials urging them to leave the tennis amenity as is.

“I sent a letter to Roger saying it’d be a mistake,” said Art Burger, a Frisco resident. “We’ve had a group that’s played there for 10 years on Monday afternoons. The tourists come in and join us. When Vail took over, they went through this then. I guess it’s the same thing with the new management.”

Blue River residents Chuck and Sherrie Calderini wrote a letter, too. Sherrie Calderini said it’s the organization of the tennis program that makes it work so well and makes it such a popular recreation option. To make Keystone a world-class resort, she said, tennis is important.

Cohen said the elimination of a tennis program would put overbearing pressure on Breckenridge’s recreation center. Copper Mountain has two indoor courts, but Cohen said one is covered by a trampoline and the lighting above the courts is poor. He said he can’t imagine all of Summit County’s tennis players trying to get court time in the winter at Breckenridge.

“From a selfish point of view, I’ll admit, it limits us,” said Cohen, who also organizes a Breckenridge Music Institute tennis tournament-fundraiser each year at Keystone. “But it’s an amenity for conference-goers. And what about the people who bought a nearby condo for that reason?”

Keystone’s 44 Tennis Townhomes are located adjacent to the tennis center.

O’Connor could not be reached for comment. Keystone spokesman Mike Lee said no definite decision has been made about the tennis program.

“We’re certainly reviewing things,” Lee said. “In these economic times, as any business does, we look at what products are successful and what aren’t, and we make adjustments accordingly.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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