Six new tennis courts will be constructed this fall on the University of Nevada campus, giving the Wolf Pack men’s and women’s tennis an on-campus home beginning later this season.
Construction will begin on the project later this month and the six new outdoor courts are expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The courts will be located east of Evans Avenue next to the softball field at Hixson Park.
“We are excited to have an on-campus home for our tennis teams,” said Doug Knuth, Nevada’s athletics director. “These courts will provide facilities for our teams to practice and host competitions and we’re thankful for the support of our University leadership and some great community members who helped make this possible.
Nevada’s previous tennis courts, which were located next to Wolf Pack Park, were in a state of disrepair and were removed earlier this year to make room for additional campus parking facilities. Nevada’s teams have been forced to practice and compete at off-campus facilities for a number of years.
“Having spent most of my tennis career at Nevada as a player and coach, I am ecstatic that the University tennis teams will once again have their home courts on campus,” said Guillaume Tonelli, the head coach of the Wolf Pack women’s program and a former student-athlete for the men’s team.
“Not only has it been a personal ambition of mine to see this Nevada tennis facility be realized, but moreover it will be a game changer for our teams in competing in the Mountain West Conference and will create many new opportunities for the tennis community. We hope to see everyone at our home matches this coming spring at our new Nevada Wolf Pack tennis facility.”
The project will also provide renovated practice facilities for the Wolf Pack track and field teams. In addition to the six outdoor courts, the project is being designed to allow for potential growth for indoor courts at a later time.
“This is an exciting time for Nevada tennis with the return to campus,” head men’s tennis coach Sylvain Malroux said. “The new courts are a great addition and will help in recruiting top student-athletes. It will allow more flexibility in scheduling and practice. Most importantly it brings the team, students and community back to campus.”
The court are expected to be completed in time for the Wolf Pack teams to practice on and host competitions this spring. It is believed this will be the first time Nevada will be able to reliably host competitions on campus since the early 1990s.
Go to NevadaWolfPack.com to learn more about Nevada Athletics.