Yale Tennis Center Hosts National Tourney

Published on September 6th, 2011

The Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale University recently hosted the National Mixed Doubled Championships to determine a wild card qualifier to compete in the US Open Tennis Championship, which is being held this month at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The fifteen teams competing for the one prestigious slot in one of tennis “Big Four” tournaments included competitors from nine countries, elite collegiate and professional players, and a two-time Grand Slam champion.

Centerbrook designed the new center, which opened in 2008 and has since dramatically elevated the university’s tennis profile by attracting a number of prestigious regional and national tournaments, such as the Intercollegiate National Indoor Tennis Championship. The expanded new facility doubled the number of indoor courts from four to eight and established a new central viewing lobby and welcoming entrance with a dynamic canopy. Partner Mark Simon, FAIA, led the design team and Sue Wyeth, AIA, was the Project Manager.

Media and fan reviews of the center have been positive. It received the 2009 Indoor Tennis Facility of the Year Award from the American Sports Builders Association and an Outstanding Facilities Award from the U.S. Tennis Association.

Cornell University’s Women’s Tennis Coach David Geatz raved about it: “The first time I walked into the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center I was unbelievably impressed with it, the overall design, the graphics, the team rooms, with everything. My teams have played all around the country, and this is the nicest facility of them all.”