The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department has officially dedicated the new UTC Tennis Center.
Chancellor Steve Angle, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton, men’s tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher and women’s tennis coach Chad Camper were on hand for the grand opening, which took place on Friday, Oct. 5.
“I think this facility makes the whole University look nice,” Camper said. “It’ll be great to have everybody together, all the alumni and supporters of tennis in general. It’ll be exciting.”
Featuring six courts, coaches offices and locker rooms for both programs, the UTC Tennis Center sits on the site of the original courts in the heart of campus.
“Friday is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone and say how much it means to both programs to have a home,” added Merzbacher. “We want to show it off and say thanks to everyone for making this happen.”
Alumni Matches were played on Saturday for both the men’s and women’s participants. “This is the first real event here and to spend it with the alums, it should be that way,” Merzbacher said. “They’ll have a chance to see the new facility and hang out with the team and realize what a bright future both programs have here.”
“I think it’s great when you can have an alumni match,” said Camper. “It’s a great opportunity for the alumni to come out and see the facility and to see what Chuck and I are trying to do.”