Nightlife mogul sues tennis court installation company for ‘literally destroying’ the space

Restaurant and nightlife venue mogul Marc Packer is suing a tennis court construction company, saying it ‘literally destroyed’ the court at his Southampton home. 

Packer, a co-founder and partner in the TAO Group, a major US hospitality firm, filed a suit Tuesday against Deer Park-based Century Tennis Inc.

In it, he claims Century agreed last August to repair his tennis court by Memorial Day this year, but did nothing until July, when he arrived home to find the entire court had been dug up.

They then sent him a bill for more than double the original amount for construction – $131,690,  the suit alleges.

A representative at Century declined to comment. 

Nightlife mogul Marc Packer (right) is suing a tennis court contractor that he says 'literally destroyed' the court at his Southampton home and then billed him for twice the original amount he agreed to for the work. He is pictured in 2018 with businessman Craig Robins

Nightlife mogul Marc Packer (right) is suing a tennis court contractor that he says ‘literally destroyed’ the court at his Southampton home and then billed him for twice the original amount he agreed to for the work. He is pictured in 2018 with businessman Craig Robins 

Packer, whose firm operates 41 bar and nightlife venues across the country with two in Singapore and one in Sydney, says he paid Century a $24,000 down payment to refurbish his court in August, 2020, and that the work was expected to be complete by Memorial Day in May this year. 

Months went by, however, the court say, and Century did nothing, until Packer called in March, 2021, when the company it said it was too cold at that time to perform any construction. 

Packer alleges that Century then stopped answering his calls until June 22, when he had his attorney David Jaroslawicz send a letter demanding that work get underway or otherwise return his deposit. 

‘Memorial Day has now come and gone and no work has been performed on the tennis court,’ the letter, which was included in the suit, reads, adding later,

‘Please get back to me promptly to avoid the need for unpleasant litigation.’ 

Century, the suit says, then agreed to ‘promptly’ work on the court. 

Then in early July, according to the filing, ‘the defendants went through the fence to plaintiff’s tennis court, brought in heavy equipment, and literally destroyed plaintiff’s tennis court.’

Packer says Century Courts Inc. agreed last August to restore his court, but did nothing for months before demolishing it in July (pictured)

Packer says Century Courts Inc. agreed last August to restore his court, but did nothing for months before demolishing it in July (pictured) 

The suit alleges that the work was supposed to be done by Memorial Day but did not get under way until recently, and that construction equipment remained on his property

The suit alleges that the work was supposed to be done by Memorial Day but did not get under way until recently, and that construction equipment remained on his property 

Court documents say the demolition work also destroyed the surrounding landscaping, and that Packer had refused to sign the new contract

Court documents say the demolition work also destroyed the surrounding landscaping, and that Packer had refused to sign the new contract 

Century then allegedly sent Packer a ‘so-called new contract’ dated July 14, with a bill for $131,690 – more than double the original price of work, according to the court documents – along with an invoice for a $39,507 deposit. 

Packer says he refused to sign the contract and that the court, surrounding landscaping remained ‘totally destroyed’ with construction equipment still on his property. 

The suit is seeking Century return the deposit, restore the court to its previous condition and pay punitive damages for breach of contract, although it does not specify an amount. 

Operating since 1965, according to its website, Century says it is a premier contractor solution for tennis courts. 

‘If you are looking to install a Tennis Court, Basketball Court or Multi Play Court at your home or facility, look no more. One Call Does It All!!’ The site reads. ‘Let Century Tennis design the court you are looking for.’

The suit, filed on Tuesday, seeks to have the court restored to its original condition and the down payment returned as well as punitive damages for breach of contract, although it does not specify an amount

The suit, filed on Tuesday, seeks to have the court restored to its original condition and the down payment returned as well as punitive damages for breach of contract, although it does not specify an amount

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