SMU dedicated its new 45,000-square-foot tennis complex February 20, opening a competition-level facility for practice, training and tournament play. The SMU Tennis Complex will be home to the University’s top-ranked men’s and women’s tennis teams and will provide a premier venue for tennis fans.
Completion of the tennis complex represents the 10th of 16 capital projects initiated during The Second Century Campaign.
“SMU is committed to creating opportunities for student success in all of their pursuits,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The new tennis complex will enable us to recruit top-ranked student-athletes and develop programs that perform at the highest levels, building on SMU’s legacy as home to world-class tennis events.”
The complex, located on the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, includes the Turpin Stadium, with six outdoor courts and the Styslinger Family Grand Viewing Terrace, and the Brookshire Pavilion, with six indoor courts and a patron balcony. Court surfaces are covered with Plexipave, optimum for practice and top-level competition, and the same surface used at the home of the U.S. Open, the USTA National Tennis Center in New York.
Multilevel outdoor seating for 300 enables spectators to watch six matches simultaneously on the side-by-side courts. More than 280 can view matches on the six indoor courts. In addition to spectator seating, the Styslinger Family Grand Viewing Terrace includes space designed for special events or temporary seating. The third-floor Edwin L. Cox Club Suite includes both outdoor and indoor court viewing areas, an entertainment area and a catering kitchen.
The SMU Tennis Complex also features a training center that houses locker rooms for home and visiting teams, classrooms, team meeting rooms and coaches’ offices. In addition, the training center includes a fitness room and a training room for student-athlete treatment, injury prevention and rehabilitation with hot and cool hydrotherapy tubs.
SMU tennis has a long history of success and is consistently ranked among the top collegiate tennis programs in the United States for both men and women.
“The practice and training facilities in the new SMU Tennis Complex will play a key role in helping Mustang tennis players meet their athletic potential,” said Rick Hart, director of athletics. “In turn, SMU and Dallas tennis fans will enjoy the highest levels of competitive tennis in this outstanding facility.”
Leadership donors to the SMU Tennis Complex include the Altec/Styslinger Foundation, the family of Ann Warmack Brookshire ’77 and Brad Brookshire ’76, Edwin L. Cox, Sr. ’42 and the Jack A. Turpin family.
Other donors include Kenneth Z. Altshuler and Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, Kit Carson ’04, ’13, Shirley Williams Crow ’82 and Stuart M. Crow, Richard L. Dennie ’60 and Shirley Dennie, C.J. “Don” Donnally, Jr. ’67, ’68 and Carol G. Donnally, Al G. Hill, Jr., Clark K. Hunt ’87 and Tavia S. Hunt, Daniel L. Hunt ’00 and Toni Munoz Hunt, Roman J. Kupchynsky, II ’80, ’84 and Ruth Irwin Kupchynsky ’80, Marget Reneberg ’88 and Richey Reneberg, Charles Wear and Janet Mitchell Wear ’83, the Tripplehorn Family and the Cash Family, and King R. White ’95 and Nicole Hunt White ’96.
Additional naming opportunities are still available for interested donors. For more information, please contact Kurt Pottkotter at 214-768-3639 or email@example.com.