J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex
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Location: Central Campus
The 30,000-square-foot J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, which officially opened in August 2004, is just one of several examples of NC State’s commitment to first-rate facilities across the board. The facility, built on West Campus near Doak Field at Dail Park, is one of the nicest indoor and outdoor tennis complexes in the nation.
The facility was designed exclusively for use by the men’s and women’s tennis programs at NC State and meets all of the standards set by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The indoor lighting system has also been designed with the players’ interest and comfort in mind, as diffuse lighting makes the ball easy to follow while minimizing glare.
The main advantage for Wolfpack tennis is the four indoor courts. Having an indoor tennis facility is an instrumental part in any successful tennis program. Opening on-campus year-round facilities for practice use is very beneficial to the tennis family at NC State. Championship seating for 200 people provides spectators a great view in all weather conditions. In addition, the complex provides locker rooms for men and women, coaches’ offices and a luxurious players lounge complete with plush couches and a large flat-screen television.
In September 2004, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) honored the newly opened facility with the organization’s 2004 Outstanding Facility award. One of only four collegiate complexes to receive the honor, the home of Wolfpack tennis finds itself among some top-rate playing venues, as only 15 of the nation’s facilities collect the prestigious honor.
The facility is named in honor of J.W. Isenhour, a former head coach of NC State men’s tennis from 1968-81. Isenhour also led the women through three successful seasons. He brought NC State tennis from near obscurity into the limelight. Isenhour’s men’s teams compiled back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 1978 and 1979 and advanced in the NCAA Championships in 1978.
The facility has already begun paying off for Wolfpack tennis, as the men’s team fought its way to the Elite Eight in 2007 and the women’s team was ranked in the top-25 for the first time in school history in 2011.
The state-of-the-art J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center brings an advantage for NC State tennis that the school has never experienced. The indoor facility and redesign of the outdoor facility will help push the tennis programs at NC State into national prominence.