by Troy Gaulden
Although the tennis courts in “Dub” Robinson Stadium were recently resurfaced, the LSU tennis program still sits behind the curve being the only Southeastern Conference school without indoor tennis courts.
“We’re constantly recruiting, but so is everyone else. There’s more and more schools that are competitive that are getting in on the same recruits, and you’re going to have to have something at least equal to what your competition has,” says LSU Men’s Tennis coach Jeff Brown.
“I watch the weather channel more than you would believe during the season. When we have bad weather we don’t have a place to practice, and it makes it awfully tough to gain cohesiveness and consistency with your practices,” says LSU Women’s Tennis coach Tony Minnis.
Things are about to change for LSU tennis in the next two years. The coaches will finally get their “umbrella” with fundraising underway for a state-of-the-art tennis facility.
“It’s going to be very beneficial. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re really excited about what’s happening coming up soon,” says Minnis.
According to LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, the future tennis facility will cost around $10 million and will be on LSU’s south campus. The facility will feature six indoor courts and 20-30 outdoor courts.