Restaurant and nightlife mogul Marc Packer is suing a tennis court construction company for ‘literally destroying’ the court at his Southampton home.
Packer, co-founder and partner of the TAO Group, a major American hospitality company, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Deer Park-based Century Tennis Inc.
In it, he claims Century agreed to repair his tennis court for Memorial Day this year last August, but did nothing until July, when he returned home to find the entire court had been excavated.
They then billed him for more than double the original construction amount — $131,690, the lawsuit alleges.
A representative from Century declined to comment.
Nightlife mogul Marc Packer (right) is suing a tennis court contractor who says he “literally destroyed” the court at his Southampton home and then charged him twice the original amount he had agreed for the work . He is pictured in 2018 with businessman Craig Robins
Packer, whose company operates 41 bars and entertainment venues across the country, including two in Singapore and one in Sydney, says he has paid Century a $24,000 deposit to renovate his courthouse in August 2020, and the work is expected to be completed. would be by Memorial Day in May this year.
Months passed, the court says, and Century did nothing, until Packer called in March 2021, when the company said it was too cold to do any construction at the time.
Packer claims Century then stopped answering his calls until June 22, when he had his attorney David Jaroslawicz send a letter demanding that work begin or otherwise return his deposit.
“Memorial Day has now arrived and no work has been done on the tennis court,” reads the letter, which accompanied the suit, adding later:
“Please contact me as soon as possible to avoid unpleasant lawsuits.”
Century, the suit says, then agreed to work “quickly” on the court.
At the beginning of July, according to the file, “the defendants went through the fence to the plaintiff’s tennis court, brought in heavy equipment and literally destroyed the plaintiff’s tennis court.”
Packer says Century Courts Inc. agreed to reinstate his court last August, but did nothing for months before it was demolished in July (pictured)
The indictment alleges that work would have been done by Memorial Day, but only recently started, and construction equipment has remained on his property
Court documents say the demolition work also destroyed the surrounding landscape and Packer refused to sign the new contract
Packer’s claims no construction was done on his home in Water Mill, South Hampton (pictured) for months after he signed a contract and gave Century a down payment
Century then reportedly sent Packer a “so-called new contract” dated July 14, with a bill for $131,690 — more than double the original price of the work, according to court documents — along with an invoice for a $39,507 deposit. .
Packer says he refused to sign the contract and that the court, the surrounding landscape, remained “totally destroyed” with construction equipment still on his property.
The suit demands Century return the deposit, reinstate the court to its previous state and pay punitive damages for breach of contract, though it does not specify an amount.
According to its website, Century has been in business since 1965 and claims to be a premier tennis court contractor solution.
“If you are looking for a tennis court, basketball court or playing field in your home or facility, look no further. One call does it all!!’ The site reads. “Let Century Tennis design the course you want.”
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, seeks to restore the court to its original condition and return the deposit, as well as punitive damages for breach of contract, though it does not specify an amount.