MELANIA Trump unveiled the White House tennis pavilion on Monday, after Barack Obama turned the courts into basketball court.
The first lady revealed in a statement that the project was completed on Monday morning.
First Lady Melania Trump announced the White House Tennis Pavilion has been completedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Barack Obama had lines painted on the tennis court so he could play basketball
Ground was broken for the new tennis pavillion in October of last yearCredit: White House
“Thank you to all of the talented craftsmen who made this project possible and to the generous supporters of the White House.
“It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and gathering for future First Families.”
The new building was inspired by the White House – particularly the East and West Wings, according to a statement.
‘I am pleased to announce the completion of the Tennis Pavilion on the White House grounds,’ Melania Trump said in a statement.
Obama is seen playing basketball on the court
The first lady first made plans to overhaul the tennis courts in 2018Credit: AP:Associated Press
Many presidents – like George H. W. Bush – have played tennis on the courts
Sandy Wiener and Bill Tilden are seen on the courts in 1923. Tennis courts were first built in 1902
The tennis court is seen by the White House office building in this historic photoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Steven Ford is seen jumping over the net as he played with his father, Gerald Ford, in 1974Credit: Time Life Pictures
According to the White House Historical Association, a tennis was installed under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902.
Although it was initially behind the West wing, it moved to the west side of the south lawn in 1909.
When Obama was in the White House, he had lines painted on the tennis court and removable nets put in so he could play basketball.
Planning for the first lady’s project began in 2018, according to the White House.
In October of last year, Trump announced that ground had been broken on a new tennis pavilion project.
Obama put up temporary basketball nets so he could play during his time in the White HouseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The White House tennis court is seen in 2002
Adviser Clay Johnson is seen on the courts in 2004
The White House tennis court is seen in 2006
Melania Trump’s announcement came just weeks ahead of her and President Trump’s departure from the White HouseCredit: AFP or licensors
“I am pleased to announce the ground breaking of a new tennis pavilion on the White House grounds,” Trump said in a tweet.
“This structure will be a testament to American craftsmanship and skill.”
A full plan detailing the new proposed project was released last year by the National Capital Planning Commission.
The White House said in a statement that the new pavilion “was funded by private donations.”
The Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service helped complete construction.
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