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Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts

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Facility Name:Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center - Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts

Completion Date:1976

Number of Outdoor Varsity Courts:6

Number of Other Outdoor Courts:16

Number of Indoor Courts:5

Recent Upgrades:Tennis Team Building

Next Upgrade:Pro-shop renovation; scoreboard

Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen
"Tut" Bartzen was named head coach for both the TCU men's and women's varsity programs in 1974 after a 12-year career with Colonial Country Club.
The native of San Angelo, Texas, played collegiate tennis at William and Mary College where he recorded 50 consecutive single wins. Bartzen also was a member of two NCAA championship teams and won the NCAA Doubles Championship. He was ranked in the USTA's top 10 for nine straight years and was twice ranked # 2.
Bartzen won the USTA Clay Court Championships four times in single, twice in doubles and also claimed the Canadian Championships and the Tri State/Western Championships. He was a co-captain of the U.S. Davis Cup Team and won 15 matches while representing the country.
Bartzen retired as coach and director of the Tennis Center in 1998 and was presented with the Rolex Meritorious Service Award from the ITA. TCU honored Coach Bartzen for his long years of service and excellence by naming the Varsity Courts in his honor in December of 1995.
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center -
Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts

Home to the Horned Frogs men's and women's tennis teams, Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center is considered among the finest facilities of its kind.

The Friedman Center-named in 1999 for the late Bayard H. Friedman, who was the Chair of the Board of Trustees at TCU and former mayor of Fort Worth-received the 1986 United States Tennis Association 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 as a cost of more than $2 million, Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center is located on the southwest corner of the TCU campus. 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. 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.

Most recently, TCU added stadium lights to the varsity courts, giving the Horned Frogs the ability to play night matches for the first time. At a cost of around $300,000, the 100-foot Musco brand candles of light provide the Frogs premium illumination with minimal spillage into the surrounding neighborhood.

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

Address:
Bayard Friedman Tennis Ctr.
3609 Bellaire Drive North
Fort Worth, TX 76129