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.