So, these six courts can be a bit difficult to find. Harder still is to figure out who actually owns them. They lie in the shadow of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, just east of Kingshighway and north of Interstate 64, but calls to Forest Park Forever, the St. Louis Parks Department and Barnes-Jewish Hospital all resulted in different answers about their provenance. Suffice it to say that someone owns and maintains these courts, which are named after Richard Hudlin, a legendary black tennis coach from St. Louis who taught Arthur Ashe the game. They are a worthy testimony to Hudlin, with brand-new asphalt, paint and nets. Better yet: They're free, lighted and relatively unused. That is, until now.
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