Melania Trump breaks ground on new tennis pavilion at White House
The First Lady said private donations would pay for the project.
Melania Trump has announced construction of a tennis pavilion on the south grounds of the White House that she says will provide a “functional recreational area for all first families to enjoy”.
The First Lady helped break ground on the project.
It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and a gathering place for future First Families. Thank you to the many talented people involved for their dedication and support.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 8, 2019
Few details about the project were announced, including its size, cost and timeline for completion.
Mrs Trump’s office said private donations will cover the cost.
Photos she tweeted on Tuesday showed the first lady and President Donald Trump shaking hands with people on the existing tennis court.
Exciting to break ground on the new tennis pavilion project at the White House today. Thank you to all who will help in making this legacy piece possible for future first families to gather at and enjoy for years to come. @theNationalMall @NatlParkService pic.twitter.com/UcYLeJ27Ni— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 8, 2019
President Barack Obama was an avid basketball player, and he turned that court into one suitable for basketball.
Mr Trump had been a regular spectator at the annual US Open tennis tournament held in his native New York, but he has not attended since taking office.