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Tennis Bubble Reinflated Will Reopen Soon

Daniel Wang

Associate Sports Editor

Many MIT facilities were affected by the harsh winter weather, but none as severely as the James B. Carr Tennis Center. On Jan. 8, the "Bubble," as the Tennis Center is commonly known, suddenly collapsed under a heavy accumulation of snow. After a month of repairs, the Bubble was finally reinflated Sunday morning.

Physical Plant encountered many problems as they tried to repair the Bubble: cold weather, numerous leaks, constant snow, and large sheets of ice above the outside surface.

The collapse of the facility has been a great inconvenience to many people, especially because it happened during the Independent Activities Period. Physical Education tennis classes were moved to the infield of the track at the Johnson Athletic Center, on a surface not designed for tennis. Many varsity tennis team members were also affected, as they usually depend on the Bubble over IAP to prepare for the upcoming season.

People reserving court time and staff members who work at the Bubble also lost money or income because of the accident.

Unfortunately, the facility is not yet fully operational, according to Assistant Director of Physical Education Candace L. Royer, who is also general manager of the Tennis Center. Royer expects the Bubble to reopen in early February.