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First public tennis courts coming to Los Cabos
BY: FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

Even before the tennis buzz that arrived in Cabo in late July and early August with the Los Cabos Tennis Open, the City of Cabo San Lucas announced the open-to-the-public tennis courts ground-breaking construction at the Don Koll Sports Complex at the north end of town in the Cangrejos neighborhood. 

The first public tennis court will be built, thanks in large part to the organizers of the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) Los Cabos; who made the announcement during a Thursday, June 20 press conference. 

The Mayor of Los Cabos, Armida Castro Guzmán, announced the donation of the property in which the construction of the field will be developed. During the press conference, the city's first female Mayor thanked the Governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, for his support in providing this much-needed open-to-the-public tennis courts.

While the Don Koll sports complex lies within close proximity to the swirling and gusty Pacific Ocean winds, its 4-mile location from downtown Cabo San Lucas will make it somewhat difficult to attract the tennis loving aficionados that have been limited in their choices of where to play tennis to their respective hotels and resorts. 

With over 300 days of sunshine, playing tennis in Cabo has been ideal with some hotel resort tennis courts providing floodlights so their guests can enjoy playing Cabo tennis at night. Some hotels in Los Cabos used to charge for the use of the evening lighting.

In all, there are 22 resort hotels equipped with tennis courts; nine of them in Cabo San Lucas, seven along the fourlane highway corridor, and six in San Jose del Cabo. Purchasing tennis balls are available at Mega and Walmart. The only two places offering professional tennis lessons are at the Pedregal Tennis Club and Palmilla Tennis Club. 

The free and public tennis courts will offer a much-appreciated respite from visitors who over the years have grown accustomed to paying $43 USD at Palmilla and $12 USD an hour at the rooftop court above Rosita Hotel in San Jose del Cabo's central downtown district. 

More than anything, the Los Cabos public tennis courts will open the door for potential young Mexican children who dream of playing at the professional level, after the exposure they have received to the sport thanks to the Cabo Open Tennis Tournament.