The LSU Tennis Complex opened in the fall of 2015
The LSU Tennis Complex opened in the fall of 2015
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
LSU Men's Tennis Facilities
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Published: January 27, 2016, 12:00 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

 

LSU Tennis Complex - Opened Fall 2015

In August 2015, the tennis programs opened the state-of-the-art LSU Tennis Complex. With more than 160,000 square feet of space, the facility features championship-caliber courts with 12 outdoors and six indoors. Housed inside the indoor facility are players’ lounges, locker rooms, cardio room, satellite training room and coaches’ offices for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Dual matches will take place on the north side of the facility at the W.T. ‘Dub’ Robinson Championship courts. The six remaining outdoor courts are located on the south side and allow the facility to host two matches at one time.

Fans may enjoy all the action with excellent sight lines from a total of 1,400 seats facing the 12 outdoor courts. The six indoor courts allow the Tigers to host different tournaments in front of more than 300 fans above the playing surface. The new facility also guarantees that both teams will never miss a practice or match due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Point-by-point scoring is available through Daktronics scoreboards on all 18 courts within the facility for an enhanced fan experience. Each set of courts also features a larger scoreboard with scores from all six courts. Fans off-site can track live matches online through StatBroadcast (www.LSUstats.com), which is directly linked to each judge’s controller.

Spectators will also benefit from a permanent concession stand located on the west side of the facility between the two sets of outdoor courts. Members of the media will be able to provide coverage in the press box facing the W.T. ‘Dub’ Robinson Championship courts.

The LSU tennis programs are already reaping the benefits of the opening of the new facility. The men’s team hosted a fall invitational in 2015, while the women will play host to the SEC Tournament in April 2016.

The LSU Tennis Complex is located on Gourrier Avenue across from LSU Baseball’s Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The LSU Tennis Complex replaces W.T. ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium, which had served as home of both men’s and women’s tennis programs since 1976.

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Prior Facility - W.T "Dub" Robinson Stadium

The LSU men’s tennis team called W.T. Robinson Tennis stadium home for nearly four decades. During its history, the “Dub,” as it was affectionately called, has seen a wealth of talented and successful players on its courts and has kept up with newer college facilities through a series of renovations and improvements over the years.

The Tigers home facility is named in honor of former standout head coach W.T Robinson, a coach that elevated the LSU tennis program to national prominence. The facility provides six varsity courts with an additional six practice courts. The newly resurfaced varsity courts received new tower lights prior to 2007 and also features an electronic scoreboard, while the practice courts received new surfaces in the spring of 2001. Robinson stadium accommodates up to 550 fans including a ground-floor viewing area for handicapped tennis fans.

Both the nationally-ranked Tigers and Lady Tigers enjoy state-of-the-art locker rooms, a squad room and brand-new showers and bathrooms. The facility was completely refurbished after the 2002 season to include a media room as well as an equipment room. Prior to the 2007 season, the media room was updated to include both leather couches as well as a 42-inch flat screen television. In January 2009, LSU installed an individual scoreboard on every court, allowing for a more up-to-date scoring experience for fans.

Construction on the new tennis facility broke ground in May 2014 at its new location on Gourrier Avenue, which will include six indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts. The indoor courts will cover about 75,000 square feet and will include players’ lounges, locker rooms and a satellite training room. The target finish date is between August 2014 and January 2015.

Former men’s coach Jerry Simmons surpassed Robinson in 1992 to become the Tigers’ all-time winningest coach. As the Simmons era came to a close in 1997, the Tigers posted an 11-1 home mark en-route to an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. With Simmons at the reigns, Robinson Stadium became one of the toughest venues in the country for opponents to play, with the Tigers compiling a 162-25 (.866) home record during Simmons’ last 15 seasons.

Since head coach Jeff Brown took over in the 1998 season, the Tigers have accumulated a 170-48 overall record at home. His opening season as head coach, Brown notched a perfect 12-0 record on the Tigers home court.

W.T. “Dub” Robinson was also the site for the 2007 SEC Championships and NCAA Regionals. The Tigers advanced through the first round of the SEC Tournament before being ousted by Georgia, the eventual 2007 national champion.

During the 2007 NCAA Regionals, LSU defeated Alcorn State and Vanderbilt on their home courts before advancing to the round of 16 to face Ohio State in the only postseason match the Tigers did not play at home.

The “Dub” was also home to the 2009 NCAA Regionals as Alcorn State, Rice and Ole Miss traveled to Baton Rouge for the competition. The Tigers didn’t push through to the round of 16 as they did in 2007; however, LSU blanked 34th-ranked Rice in front of an enthusiastic Tiger fan base that packed Robinson Stadium for the event. LSU fell to second-ranked Ole Miss in the second round of competition, the only team to beat the Tigers in their last eight matches of the season.

W.T. “Dub” Robinson Facts

Legendary LSU men’s tennis coach W.T. Robinson, or “Dub” as he was lovingly known, single-handedly orchestrated the LSU tennis program’s rise to prominence. During his nearly three decade tenure as head coach, Robinson accumulated a 189-180-9 overall record, catapulted the Tigers onto the national scene and guided them to a status among the nation’s elite.

When the LSU tennis complex was completed in the fall of 1976, it was only natural that it was named after the person that built the program.

Men's Tennis Records (since 1983)

OVERALL RECORD: 341-78 (.814)
CONSECUTIVE WIN STREAK: 20 (March 1999, March 2002)
MOST MATCHES WON IN A SEASON: 16 (1996, 2005)
MOST MATCHES LOST IN A SEASON: 7 (2002)

LSU at the "Dub" Robinson Tennis Stadium (since 1983)

Year-by-Year Record at the "Dub"
Year
Matches
Record
Pct.
1983
12
11-1
.917
1984
15
13-2
.867
1985
13
11-2
.846
1986
13
11-2
.846
1987
11
10-1
.800
1988
13
13-0
1.000
1989
14
12-2
.857
1990
8
6-2
.769
1991
11
10-1
.909
1992
11
9-2
.818
1993
9
8-1
.889
1994
12
7-5
.583
1995
16
14-2
.875
1996
17
16-1
.941
1997
12
11-1
.917
1998
12
12-0
1.000
1999
14
9-5
.643
2000
16
15-1
.938
2001
14
13-1
.928
2002
15
8-7
.533
2003
13
10-3
.769
2004
15
11-4
.733
2005
17
16-1
.944
2006
12
10-2
.833
2007
16
14-2
.875
2008
12
10-2
.833
2009
11
7-4
.636
2010
11
5-6
.454
2011
12
9-3
.750
2012
13
10-3
.769
2013
15
11-4
 .733
2014
14
9-5
.643
2015
15
13-2
.867
TOTALS
434
354-80
.816
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