Owner of Iowa's Only Grass Tennis Court to Speak at Iowa State Aug. 29 about Wimbledon Internship

August 22nd, 2012

AMES, Iowa -- Mark Kuhn, a farmer and Iowa State University alum, will share his recent experience as a Wimbledon intern in a presentation on campus on Aug. 29.

Kuhn, of Charles City, is the owner and caretaker of Iowa's only grass tennis court.

He will present, "My Experience at Wimbledon" at 6 p.m. in room 118 Horticulture Hall at a meeting of Iowa State University's Turfgrass Club. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Kuhn will discuss his recent internship working with the grounds staff at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Kuhn spent eight days learning from the grounds staff prior to this year's Wimbledon Championships. He will share pictures and behind-the-scenes stories about how the lawns of Wimbledon are prepared for championship play.

Kuhn and his family built Iowa's only grass tennis court in 2003, the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, on a cattle feedlot on their farm after consulting with Iowa State University horticulture professors Nick Christians and David Minner.

Kuhn will discuss how he built and maintains the court, and the role the court played in his receiving an invitation to intern with the Wimbledon grounds staff.

Kuhn grows corn, beans and bentgrass on his family's farm near Charles City. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1973 with a degree in history. Kuhn served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1998-2010. He is currently a member of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors.

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Contacts: 

Nick Christians, Horticulture, (515) 294-0036, nchris@iastate.edu
Melea Reicks Licht, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-8892, mreicks@iastate.edu