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LAWSUIT: Boca Raton’s “The Preserve” Blocking Top Ranked 12-Year-Old From Tennis Practice

Boca Raton Florida News Palm Beach County

Welles Newman Is Top-Ranked in Florida. But The Preserve Is Accused Of Setting Rules Blocking Practice. Lawsuit Filed…

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The Preserve at Boca Raton, located near Yamato and Military Trail, is in the middle of the tennis dispute. (Image: Courtesy Google Maps).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Welles Newman is a top-ranked USTA 12-and-under player, but The Preserve at Boca Raton seems intent on dashing her dreams of tennis stardom. The community’s new Tennis Director — Ivo Koutlov — is being sued for slander and libel by Newman’s parents after he allegedly engaged in a campaign designed to deprive Newman of early morning practice. BocaNewsNow.com obtained the lawsuit.

The suit, just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, claims that Newman took part in early morning — and after school — practices for years. Two practices a day. And the community was nothing but supportive. But new Tennis Director Ivo Koutlov, according to the suit, engaged in a campaign that claimed the rising tennis star was actually damaging the courts. At his direction, claims the suit, the community stopped grooming the courts for her 6:30 a.m. practices, and instead claimed that the courts were just too wet — whether it rained or not.

From the lawsuit: Defendants falsely made statements of purported fact that the Preserve tennis courts cannot be groomed or played on at 6:30 am because the courts are always “too wet” to play on at that time every day regardless of whether it rained or not. This false statement was made to force minor Plaintiff W. N. off the tennis courts in the mornings.

Defendants also falsely made statements of purported fact that Plaintiffs destroyed, ruined and damaged the Preserve tennis courts by playing on them before 7:30 am because Plaintiff W. N. played on a court when it was “too wet.” Defendants also falsely made statements that if Plaintiffs continue to use the tennis courts before 7:30 am, Plaintiffs will destroy, ruin and damage the courts once resurfaced because the courts are always too wet before 7:30 am. Defendants also falsely made statements of purported fact that the Plaintiffs “harassed,” “terrorized,” and “destroyed the community and the tennis courts” “for years” because Plaintiffs “played on wet courts”.

Defendants also falsely stated that allowing Plaintiff W. N. to play on a wet clay court will damage, ruin and destroy the court. This is false, Har Tru green clay courts are intended to be wet and perform better wet. Modern clay court irrigation systems ensure that the clay is continuously watered from below the clay for the purpose of ensuring continuous play on wet courts. Even assuming someone tried to play tennis on a court that is “too wet” and made footprints, divots or other marks in the court, the court is not “ruined,” “damaged,” or “destroyed.” Rather, brushing the court removes any such marks.

The Preserve HOA is not named in this lawsuit which makes specific reference to a newly formed “Tennis Committee.” It was not immediately clear if the “Jane Does” listed in the suit are members of the committee.

Coach Ivo formed an LLC which is based in Palm Beach County. Neither he nor his company immediately responded to the filed lawsuit. Read the complete complaint, below.

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