Construction Begins on New Tennis Courts
Next year, Scots tennis teams will play home games on campus for the first time in college history. On July 15, 2013, planning and facilities management announced they had broken ground on six new tennis courts. The project includes the relocation of Covenant’s intramural fields and installation of lights on the new courts that will allow for flexible scheduling and efficient practice time. The project is scheduled for completion in late fall of 2013.
“The biggest impact on our current tennis team will be that they now have a ‘home court,’ just like the soccer teams have Scotland Yard and basketball teams have Barnes Gym,” said Head Tennis Coach John Hirte. “Home matches will now actually be home matches, and I think that will have a huge psychological impact, especially for returning players.”
A minimum of six tennis courts are required to host a home tennis match in the NCAA. With only three original courts at their disposal, Covenant teams have historically played home games at various nearby facilities including CCS, Baylor, The Champions Club, and Ridgeland High School. The additional courts will allow the Scots to host conference and non-conference meets on their home turf.
“I think the most exciting thing about the project is that it provides the tennis program the facilities they need to represent the college well,” said David Northcutt, chief planning and facilities officer.