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Boston 2024 picks Dorchester park for tennis venue

Tennis instructor Marton Balla played at the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Harambee Park in Boston.
Tennis instructor Marton Balla played at the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Harambee Park in Boston.Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

Olympic planners have chosen Dorchester and the site of the first African-American-founded nonprofit tennis club in the country, as the venue for Olympic tennis should Boston be chosen host of the 2024 Summer Games.

The Olympic bid committee, Boston 2024, Thursday proposed bringing the world’s best tennis players to Harambee Park, home to the 54-year-old Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, on Blue Hill Avenue, officials said.

The tennis venue is the second sports site announced under Boston 2024’s new venue plan, which the committee has promised to release in full by the end of the month.

Under the plan, Harambee Park would host two large temporary tennis courts, one holding 10,000 people and one holding 7,500.

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A third court holding 2,500 spectators would remain after the Games, for the tennis center to host regional and national tournaments, according to Boston 2024.

The park is a short walk from the Talbot Avenue station on the MBTA’s Fairmount commuter rail line. It is about a mile from the Shawmut station and 1.3 miles from Ashmont station, both on the Red Line.

The committee had originally proposed in January to hold Olympic tennis at Harvard University.

Boston 2024 announced last week that Olympic sailing would move from Boston Harbor to New Bedford and Buzzards Bay.

The tennis center was founded in 1961 as the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, according to the organization’s webpage.

A Boston 2024 rendering shows a temporary tennis competition venue at Harambee Park.
A Boston 2024 rendering shows a temporary tennis competition venue at Harambee Park.Boston 2024

Below is a video on the location released Thursday by Boston 2024.


Mark Arsenault can be reached at marsenault@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @bostonglobemark

A previous version of this story included a photo caption with an incorrect spelling of Marton Balla’s name.