Cindy Lamont, Dundas
While walking my dog through the Dundas Driving Park early last Friday morning, there were many people enjoying the area — walkers, runners, cyclists and the hard-working city employees mowing and trimming the grass to maintain the beauty of the park.
To my dismay, as I walked past the tennis courts, I noticed four older gentlemen yelling at a young student worker who was trimming the grass. They were complaining that some of the grass was blowing on their court. It was upsetting and amusing at the same time. The young woman was just trying to do her job and keep the park looking beautiful. The court itself was covered with leaves that they had not removed before playing. Yet, they were yelling at the worker over a few blades of grass.
I stopped with my dog and addressed the gentlemen: “Really! Did you want the city worker to remove the leaves that had fallen on your court, too, as well as the few blades of grass? Come on, show some respect towards the worker.”
I believe if the city employee had not trimmed around the fence, the men would have lodged a complaint with the city for not keeping the area around the courts properly manicured. If these men don’t want to enjoy the beauty of an outdoor court, perhaps they should join a club that operates in a bubble.
After witnessing this event I went on to the Dundas Tennis Club website to look up the “code of conduct “ for members, which states, “Maintain respect and courteous decorum while engaged in casual and tournament play.”
Maybe these members should be told that the code should also apply while they are standing on the court. After all, I don’t think a few blades of grass was going to impact on their game or removing them wouldn’t land them on the ATP Masters World Tour.