Local tennis community loses an ace

By Raquel Garcia….


Just about any avid tennis player in South Florida knew Brian Bauer. The co-owner of Agile Courts Construction Co., Brian Earl Bauer, 67, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15 surrounded by family. Bauer fought a valiant battle against bile duct cancer. His journey to Singapore for treatment enabled him to extend his time for almost two years, so he was able to meet and enjoy a year with his first grandchild, Jesse.

After attending the University of Buffalo and serving in the U.S. Army, Bauer and his high school sweetheart and wife Mary Lou left their native Buffalo, NY and moved to South Florida. In 1974, Bauer and his brothers, Bruce and Brant, embraced their dream business. The family succeeded magnificently in their mission to build the finest quality tennis courts available, as testimony from experts and industry recognition prove.

Although Agile Courts built more than 6,000 tennis courts in South Florida and the Caribbean in Bauer’s lifetime, he believed that one of his greatest achievements was the completion of the International Tennis Center on Key Biscayne. Former Sony Ericsson Open tournament director Butch Bucholz called Agile Courts “the best court construction company in the industry today.”

Some of the most prestigious awards won by Agile Courts include number one tennis court destination by Tennis Magazine; outstanding public tennis facility in the US for the Biltmore Tennis Center by the United States Tennis Association; and Tennis Industry Magazine Court of the Year Award for courts built in St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles.

When Pinecrest became a city in 1996, Bauer pulled the very first building permit. The Village Council had the permit framed and it still hangs in the Village Center today.

Kathy Harris says her brother and his core group of friends loved to volley on the courts, but jokes “they were often better at courtside grilling than in the game itself.” In addition to his passion for tennis, Bauer also enjoyed traveling with his family to Highlands, NC.

Bauer is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Lou, son David, daughterin- law Tarri, daughter Jennifer Jones, son-in-law Scott, and one-year-old grandson Jesse. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a memorial fund at the National University Hospital in Singapore by way of Bauer’s surgeon, Dr. Stephen Chang.

For more information, call 305-667- 1228 or email <agile@bellsouth.net>.

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