Greater Tulsa Reporter
The premiere college tennis facility in America, the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, will be the host site of the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Tennis Championships, it was announced today by the NCAA. The University of Tulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission will serve as hosts for the event to be held May 19-30, 2016 at the campus venue.
This will be the third NCAA Division I Tennis Championship hosted at the Case Tennis Center. Tulsa hosted the 2004 NCAA Men’s Championship and the combined 2008 NCAA Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championship.
“We’re excited the NCAA has given us the opportunity to host this championship tennis event once again. The Michael D. Case Tennis Center is a cut-above when it comes to facilities for college tennis and to have this world-class venue and tournament on our campus is prestigious for our University and community,” said University of Tulsa Vice President & Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg.
In the last eight years, the Michael D. Case Tennis Center has served as host site of more national collegiate tennis events than any other venue in the country. Tulsa has hosted the ITA All-American Championships and three NCAA Championships, including the 2004 men’s event and the 2008 men’s and women’s tournament.
At the NCAA Championship, sixteen men’s and women’s teams will compete for the first six days of the tournament to claim the title of team champion. At the conclusion of the team event, a field of 64 singles players and a 32-doubles team bracket for both the men and women will be played out in the final six days of competition.
The 2014 NCAA Championship will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga., and the 2015 event will be played at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.
“This is big for our tennis program, our University and the city of Tulsa,” said Tulsa Director of Tennis and Head Men’s Tennis Coach Vince Westbrook. “It shows just how comfortable the NCAA feels in bringing more national championship events back to Tulsa. We have a marquee facility and one of the top tennis programs in the country so this event will again allow us to showcase Tulsa tennis.”
Tulsa has previously hosted the 1999 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, the 2004 and 2008 tennis events, the 2010 NCAA Division I Second & Third Round Basketball Championship and in May 2014 will host the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship at the Tulsa Country Club.