May 17, 2013
ITA NATIONAL ATTENDANCE RACE
FORT WORTH--The TCU men's tennis team finished the season as the nation's attendance leader, dominating the 2013 ITA National Attendance Race while placing among the top-5 programs for the third consecutive year.
Third-year head coach David Roditi's Horned Frogs led the national race from start to finish, as 8,714 total fans attended men's matches this season at the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. TCU led the nation in each of the four major categories:
- Total Attendance (8,714)
- Average Attendance (581)
- Single-Match Attendance (1,425 vs. Texas A&M on Feb. 2)
- Number of Top-5 Attended Matches (three)
TCU's figures this season ranked among the best during the six-year history of the ITA Attendance Race:
- The total attendance of 8,714 ranked No. 2 all-time behind only Virginia's 8,761 fans in 2010.
- TCU's average attendance of 581 trailed only figures posted by Ole Miss in 2009 (617) and Virginia in 2008 (599)
- TCU's 193-fan lead in average attendance over runner-up Georgia set an all-time record for final margin.
- The 1,425 fans who showed up for TCU's home meeting vs. Texas A&M ranked as the No. 2 all-time attended match, trailing only a Tennessee at Georgia contest that drew 2,060 fans in 2011.
- TCU's three top-5-ranked match totals equaled Ole Miss' all-time record of three set in 2009.
Roditi credited TCU's success in drawing fans and building interest in college tennis to several factors, including efforts by his players, the TCU Athletics Marketing office and the "Keep it in the Purple Committee," a grass-roots organization dedicated to supporting Horned Frogs Tennis.
"This honor is a great testament to the work of our committee, Karlene Tipton (men's tennis graduate assistant), Jackie Torda (assistant director of athletics marketing) and our guys on the team," Roditi said. "We had a successful year on the courts, and that is due in part to the exciting atmosphere that we had at our home matches. At its best, college tennis is the most exciting tennis competition in the world. I hope we can keep that momentum rolling into next season."
TCU has become a regular among the nation's attendance leaders in Roditi's tenure. The program ranked No. 3 for total fans in 2012 and No. 5 for average attendance in his first season on campus in 2011.