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THE American Memorial Park tennis courts, which shut down in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have finally reopened.

Bobby Cruz winds up for the backhand return in this file photo.

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Local tennis player Bobby Cruz said he is “extremely happy” to get back on the court. “I know that many members of the tennis community feel the same too,” he added. “I want to highlight that it is a wonderful privilege. Covid-19 is a real thing and we are abiding by the governor's executive order and safety measures that have been set forth."

Cruz said the tennis courts are being utilized with safety in mind. "It is important to practice social distancing and all safety protocols,” he added. “I went to the court…and saw the guidelines myself. Coach Jeff Race has sent them out to help mitigate risks. Everyone knows that the tennis community is a very responsible community."

But Cruz believes that tennis is safe as the sport does not really allow for contact.

Before the tennis courts reopened, Cruz had no choice but to train alone. "Both tennis and paddling were out of the question during that time," he said.  So he focused on shadow swings to keep his muscle memory alive and stay fit.

But the lone workout is nothing compared to an actual match with an actual person, Cruz said. "Nothing could actually replace the feeling of hitting the ball at the tennis court. You can't mimic that experience. The spin trajectory and movement against an opponent is more dynamic."

Cruz plans to visit the AMP tennis courts every day if possible.

With the reopening of the tennis courts, the local tennis community, including beginners, can be very active again.

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