There were many exaggerations in Burling Lowrey's essay on the Carter-Barron stadium {Close to Home, Aug. 9}.

First, the only clay courts that are being eliminated are the two in the stadium, which were never available to the public anyway. But there will be five additional hard courts -- a 25 percent increase from 20 to 25 courts -- available to the public.

The space the new hard courts will occupy does not interfere with the two soccer fields, as Lowrey contends. It does cut into the baseball diamond, but the diamond can simply be shifted farther north with no loss of outfield space.

In addition, there is another, previously unused field on the north side of Kennedy Street that may be used for baseball or soccer. So I don't think the addition of the tennis courts will pose as traumatic an effect on other sports as Lowrey implies.

It is the Tennis Patrons who pushed for the additional courts -- to better the facility for inner-city kids. The new stadium will bring in revenues to help pay for the Patrons' goals. Lowery should have focused on his one relevant point, which was why the Patrons received only $100,000 from the gate at this year's classic. -- Paul Penniman is head tennis coach at the Edmund Burke School and tennis commissioner of the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference.