Tennis program suspends talks with Y

The Martha's Vineyard Youth Tennis Center, destroyed in a March storm, just got a grant for $250,000 from MVYouth to replace the bubble. — Gabrielle Mannino

Vineyard Youth Tennis has broken off talks of a merger with the YMCA, according to Chris Scott, chairman of the program that provides instruction to about 160 Island youngsters. “Vineyard Youth Tennis just has some issues to resolve,” he said.

Chief among them is what to do with the “bubble” that was destroyed in a recent nor’easter. To replace that would be about $250,000, Scott said. There are also permitting issues to figure out, he said.

“Because of all these issues and questions to resolve, we’ve decided to suspend our discussion of a merger,” Scott said.

The program is still operating. It’s been able to book time at the Vineyard Tennis Center, and that’s been working out, Scott said. “We were only down one day,” he said.

Instruction for the spring, summer, and fall moves outdoors, to four courts that were unaffected by the storms, he said.