The tennis courts were originally constructed in 1924. Fr. Arnold supervised the construction, which cost $2,500 and allowed up to 28 players to occupy the courts at one time.
In 1987, a master plan was created for the construction of new courts. Due to a faulty foundation, a variety of problems such as cracks, weeds and dead spots posed a safety concern to those that played tennis. Both the St. John's Senate and Student Affairs Advisory Council supported the construction of new tennis courts. The master plan proposed eight new courts and were finished in 1989.
In 2011, the tennis courts finished in 1989 were razed to create a parking lot. New courts were planned as part of the renovation of the Intramural fields.
Flynn, Gabriel. "Tennis Courts to be Replaced," The Record, April 9, 1987, p. 4.
"Tennis Courts," The Record, November 1, 1924, p. 18.
"Tennis Courts," The Record, March 16, 1989, p. 5.
"Where's Your Racket?" The Record, October 16, 1924, p. 3.
Special thanks to Ariel Smelter '12 for drafting this text