Davidson College has begun construction of a 12-court open-air tennis complex behind Baker Sports Complex to replace the current dozen outdoor courts, which do not adhere to industry standards and are suffering increasing asphalt fatigue. The construction, which should take about seven months, also will include associated projects involving the tennis team locker rooms and the cross-country trail.
Men’s tennis coach Drew Barrett said, “Our players are extremely excited about the improvements, and in terms of recruiting it will put us on the same footing facilities-wise as our new Atlantic 10 Conference opponents and other top teams nationwide.”
The new courts will be installed in a six-by-two configuration and meet all standards for court size and distance between courts. In addition, the courts will be oriented in a perfect north-south alignment and nets in perfect east-west alignment, both of which are industry standards. Half of the courts will be equipped with spectator grandstands. The construction project also will include installation of infrastructure for lights, which will be installed at a future date.
In addition to providing Davidson’s men’s and women’s tennis teams with a first-class facility, the $1.55 million project will allow the two teams to play concurrent matches for the first time. The project also involves extensive renovation and enlargement of the men’s and women’s tennis locker rooms in Knobloch Tennis Center.