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TCU - Facilities

Home to the Horned Frog men’s and women’s tennis teams, the Bayard H. Friedman (formerly the Mary Potishman Lard) Tennis Center is considered among the finest facilities of its kind as evidenced by its hosting of the ITA South Central Regional Championships each October.

The Friedman Center—named in 1999 for the late Bayard Friedman, who was Chair of the Board of Trustees at TCU and former mayor of Fort Worth—received the 1986 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Member Organization of the Year Award in recognition of its excellence. In 1990, Tennis Magazine listed the center as one of the top 25 tennis facilities in the country. It was also selected as an Outstanding Public Tennis Facility in 1998 by the USTA Facility Awards Committee.

Completed in 1976 at a cost of more than $2 million, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center is located on the southwest corner of the TCU campus, on the site of the former Worth Hills Golf Course. The indoor/outdoor complex features 22 outdoor courts, 16 of which are for public use. The six outdoor Bernard J. “Tut” Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts are reserved solely for the Horned Frog tennis teams. The facility also boasts five indoor courts.

The outdoor section of the facility includes a pavilion with a seating capacity of 1,500, a fully stocked pro shop and complete locker room facilities. An office and classroom area provides the coaching staffs with necessary preparation space.

The outdoor courts are recessed by as much as 16 feet, providing wind control and deleting many viewing obstructions. Large expanses of grass-covered slopes and well-kept shrubbery provide a consistent green background while minimizing sun glare and heat.

In 1980, the Friedman Tennis Center gave Fort Worth its first indoor tennis facility. The $500,000 extension houses five indoor courts that were funded by the Mary Potishman Lard Trust. Located southeast of the center’s pro shop, the indoor complex assures the TCU tennis program of having one of the most complete facilities in the country.