Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center & Bartzen Varsity Courts
Year Opened: 1976 Total Courts: 27 Office Hours Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Court Fees: All court fees are 1.5 hours Outdoor Court Fee: $5.00 per person Indoor Court Fee: $28.00 per court
Tennis Center Staff
Craig Smith, Director of Tennis Center
Jeff Wrage, Assoc. Director of Tennis Center
Shane Conroy, Assistant to Director
Linton Lewis, Assistant to Director
Bayard Friedman Tennis Center
3609 Bellaire Drive North
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center & Bartzen Varsity Courts History
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center and Bernard J. "Tut" Varsity Courts is widely-considered as one of the finest tennis facilities in all of collegiate athletics. Completed in 1976 at the cost of over $2-million, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center and Bartzen Varsity Courts plays home to the TCU men's and women's tennis programs and is located on the southwest corner of campus.
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center houses both indoor and outdoor facilities and features 27 total courts - six varsity tennis courts and five indoor courts, which are reserved solely for the men's and women's tennis programs - as well as 16 courts that are for public use. The outdoor section of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center includes a pavilion with a seating capacity of 1,500 to go along with fully-stocked pro shop and complete locker facilities. The outdoor courts are recessed by as much as 16 feet, which provides wind control and deleting many viewing obstructions.
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center has been the model for collegiate tennis facilities around the country and was selected as one of the top-25 tennis facilities in the country by Tennis Magazine in 1990. The United States Tennis Association Facility Awards Committee also selected the TCU home tennis facility as the Most Outstanding Public Tennis Facility in the Country in 1998.
In 1980, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center gave the Fort Worth community its first indoor tennis facility, which included a $500,000 extension that houses five indoor courts that were funded by the Mary Potishman Lard Trust. Located on the southwest area of the tennis facility, the indoor complex assures the TCU tennis program of having one of the most complete facilities in the entire country.
The Legacy of Bayard H. Friedman
The TCU tennis facility would not have been made possible had it not been for The Friedman Center, which was named in honor of the late Bayard H. Friedman. The namesake of the TCU tennis center served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at TCU as well as served as the former mayor of Fort Worth. The Friedman Center received the 1986 United States Tennis Association Member Organization of the Year Award in recognition of its excellence and dedication to the world of tennis.
The Legacy of Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen
The Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts were named in honor of the former TCU head men's tennis coach, who guided the Frogs from 1974-98 while accumulating over 500 victories during his stellar career. Bartzen came to TCU after a 12-year tenure with Colonial Country Club and proceeded to transform the Frogs into a national powerhouse leading the program to eight conference championships.
During his tenure with the Frogs, Bartzen guided TCU to its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 1989 followed by a Final Four appearance during the 1996 campaign. In addition, Bartzen led the Frogs to 20 wins on 12 occasions to go along with 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. Selected as the 1982 ITCA National Coach of the Year, Bartzen concluded his career by leading the Frogs to 19 of their top-20 showings and watched as 37 student-athletes garnered All-American accolades.
Upon his retirement, Bartzen was presented with the Rolex Meritorious Service Award by the ITA and was present when TCU honored him by naming the varsity courts after the long-standing leader of the Frogs' men's tennis program.
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Other Information Court Fees
All reservations are taken one week in advance.
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.
Individual group lessons are available upon request.
USTA team drills available upon request.
Key: * Additional fee if group goes indoors due to weather
Adult Drop-in Drills
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: High Noon Price per Person: $12*
Saturday: 9 - 10:30 a.m. Price per Person: $20*
Junior Development Groups
Quick Start II - Red Ball (ages 6-9)
Monday and Wednesday: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
This group is for players 6-9 years old who are learning the basic skills of catching, throwing, introduced to forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves within the national USTA Quickstart court size and with Quickstart bigger, less bouncy tennis balls.
10 and Under - Orange Ball (ages 9- 101/2)
Monday and Wednesday: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Players in this format are developing more advanced stroke technique, greater court coverage and improved recognition skills. Orange players need to develop greater racquet-head speed to control the ball with improved pace, spin, height, and depth. Tactically, orange platers are developing high percentage patters with the forehand as a weapon from the baseline and improving net transition skills on a larger court. Orange players are progressing in their ability to hold serve with greater spin, power and control, while they are learning to read the serve and adjust the size of their backswing on the return accordingly.
Tournament Training - Green Ball / Yellow Ball (ages 101/2 + UP)
Tuesday and Thursday: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
This group is for players who are working skills of forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves. Players will be divided up according to levels. Tournament players are working on strategies during match play and are developing spin and power on groundstroke's and serves. Intermediate players are starting to coordinate footwork with hitting the ball, and learning to rally back and forth. Included in the group are players who have played or are planning to play in mid-cities, ZAT, and Champ level tournaments. They also have a solid concept of point building, point pressuring and point finishing strategies. The higher level tournament players should plan to compete in match type drills and play. Players need to have good knowledge of topspin strokes, footwork, grips and basic strategies. Our goal is to have these players compete successfully in cometitive tournaments. Talk with Linton or Jeff if interested. All Junior Class Sizes: 4-8 players (not held if fewer than 4 players) $23 per lesson ($22 and $1 court fee for outdoors)