University of Alabama Dedicates New Tennis Facility


Thursday, October 28, 2004

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Men’s head coach Billy Pate addresses the crowd at the dedication.

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The University of Alabama officially dedicated its newly constructed Tennis Complex in a ceremony Thursday night.

Director of Athletics Mal Moore, men’s head coach Billy Pate and women’s head coach Jenny Mainz joined together to cut the ribbon and open the new complex.

The new tennis complex was constructed with the help of the Crimson Tradition Fund and is part of the University’s athletic facilities upgrade. The complex features 12 lighted courts and seating for close to 1,500 spectators. A state-of-the-art Daktronics scoreboard and sound system also adorn the new complex.

The playing surface is a special treat for all players. Deco-turf is a softer and more forgiving playing surface than what is generally used in collegiate tennis. Deco-turf is the surface of choice at the U.S. Open. Alabama is the first program in the Southeastern Conference to use it.

This weekend the Alabama men’s tennis team will host its first tournament in its new home. The Crimson Tide Fall Championships will be played from Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31. Last weekend the women’s team hosted the Wilson/ITA Southern Regional Championships and in April of 2005 the women’s SEC Tournament will come to the Alabama Tennis Complex.


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Picture of the new facility at night.

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Men’s head coach Billy Pate addresses the crowd at the dedication.

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Athletics Director Mal Moore, Pate, and women’s head coach Jenny Mainz cut the ribbon to dedicate the new complex.