Scott Rabalais’ article about LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva’s accomplishments, while appropriate and timely, only hits on certain points of LSU athletics in mentioning basketball, softball, football and golf.
LSU’s tennis facility was notable in its day, but now it’s probably the worst in the SEC. Having a new facility would better the chances of having SEC and NCAA championship rounds played there, would greatly enhance the ability of men’s and women’s coaches to recruit players and would raise morale and pride in the LSU athletic realm.
Also, some college campus tennis facilities attract and are used for USTA Pro Circuit events. FSU is an example.
I’ve seen the draft plans for a new facility. In a recent telephone conversation with a spokesman for the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation I was told that all or most of the funds for the facility are in place, but there was no time set yet for beginning construction.
I have always heard that Baton Rouge was a tennis town. As the parent of an LSU women’s player, I have a vested interest in improving LSU tennis and LSU in general. Let’s get moving and get something done about a new tennis facility.