By Connor Beach
Tennis fans are sure to recognize the newest face to dominate the courts at Park Avenue Tennis Club in Huntington.
That’s because a larger than life mural of tennis star Roger Federer now overlooks the courts.
The mural is one of the finishing touches to a nearly six-month renovation by the club’s new owners Karen and Phil Cadorette.
The Cadorettes, of Huntington, took over the Park Avenue Tennis Club in February from previous owners Michael and Deborah Bustamante, who operated the 100 Partridge Lane facility for 25 years.
The new owners began an extensive renovation project to update the club and improve the facilities.
“We wanted to create a country club finish in a place that was more accessible to the community,” Phil Cadorette said.
Now nearly finished, the renovation included new high efficiency court lighting, a new upstairs party room and nursery, improvements to the lobby, new custom-built furniture and, of course, the mural.
The mural was completed by Huntington-based artist Efren Andaluz on Federer’s birthday, and will be on display in time for the U.S. Open in Queens.
The mural, which was done in a graffiti style using mostly spray paint, intricately ties together many different aspects of Federer’s career.
“The mural can serve as motivation for the young players of what they can achieve,” Karen Cadorette said.
She is in charge of the tennis operations at the club, while her husband has been handling the details of the renovation.
Park Avenue Tennis Club has nine pros on staff to offer private lessons, adult leagues, clinics and “zones,” as well as an extensive junior program and group lessons.
The club also offered its first camp in 12 years this summer.
“The camp was very good for our first year,” Karen Cadorette said. “We are also hoping to get a junior team together, and host a USTA tournament.”
The new programs are supported by the beautiful new facility.
“The remodel took us about three months,” Phil Cadorette said, adding that completing just one of the projects in that time would have been a lot.
The new courts at Park Avenue Tennis are identical to the ones that the pros play on during the U.S. Open, with a rubber surface underneath that helps minimize impacts on the joints, Phil Cadorette said.
The second floor that was unutilized by the previous owner now house a nursery and a party room that can be used for children’s birthday parties and other events.
Phil Cadorette said that one of the most popular aspects of the renovation for customers has been the complete renovation of the ladies locker room.
“We are trying to include things that nobody else has,” he said. “The renovation has been very well received, and I think now we offer the best experience for the customer with the highest level of comfort.”
The Cadorette’s said the Huntington community has been very supportive since they took over the club.
“We have a lot of great customers, and everyone has been very encouraging,” Karen Cadorette said. “I think everyone is excited to see the business grow.”
Park Avenue Tennis
100 Partridge Lane, Huntington