WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday, sisters and tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams will help cut the ribbon for a new tennis facility in Southeast Washington, D.C.
They will join the mayor Vincent Gray, Cora Masters Barry, the founder and chairman, of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC), and others at the ribbon cutting ceremony at 701 Mississippi Avenue, S.E.
The new and improved facility is part of an $18 million commitment in grant money to the residents east of the river and particularly Ward 8.
The facility has 7 outdoor courts, including a clay court and six indoor hard courts inside a new 48,000-square foot arena that will house 400 people in what city leaders hope will be high profile matches. To that end, the arena boasts a pretty impressive name: the Williams Arena, named after tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams whose story of growing up in Compton, California is certainly inspiration to many kids in Southeast.
If tennis is not your game, the facility will have a computer lab, library as multipurpose room for the community.