Decision From Judge Expected Next Month In Tennis Tournament Lawsuit

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

The outcome of the city of Delray Beach’s lawsuit against tennis tournament operator Match Point Inc. will likely be decided by a judge next month.

Unable to settle the matter outside of the courtroom, Judge G. Joseph Curley has scheduled a 90-minute summary judgment hearing on the case at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 in courtroom 10H of the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach.

The suit was filed in March 2016. The city is after better terms for its contract with the tennis tournament operator that brings an annual ATP professional tennis tournament to the Delray Beach Tennis Center every year.

The city’s suit alleges its $25 million, 25-year contract is voidable since the contract wasn’t competitively bid. The contract was renewed in 2005 and is set to expire in 2030.

Match Point filed its own motion for summary judgement. The tournament operators say the city couldn’t have bid out the tournament because it is a sole source provider meaning its the only one that could provide the service.

City commissioners  had a closed door meeting in May to discuss a possible settlement. City attorney Lynn Gelin presented the offer, which was not made public, to Match Point.

She told commissioners during a recent city meeting that Match Point responded to the settlement offer by saying, “See you in trial.”

Judge Curley will review both requests for summary judgment during the hearing.