Gene Clayton Tennis Center
The Gene Clayton Tennis Center will give the Professional Tennis Management Program (PTM) and our Monarch Tennis Teams a new courtside home. The 3,000-square-foot building will be situated next to the newly renovated tennis courts, with convenient access from the existing parking lot.
The new facility will allow all of the tennis-related programs to have their own central space, with a classroom, offices, racquet customization lab, lobby, and locker rooms. The center will also be used for tennis seminars, certification events, and student association functions.
Since 2006, PTM faculty members have shared space with golf programs in the Richard L. Player Center, while tennis coaches have been located in the March F. Riddle Center. The Gene Clayton Tennis Center will bring them together in a building that proudly represents the program to the Methodist community. On the roof, there will be an elevated viewing area, which can be used for special events, or by students and visitors looking for a place to lounge, study, or watch a match. Tennis players and spectators will also appreciate the new restrooms, designed to be easily accessed from the outside of the facility.
The racket customization lab will be a feature of the new building, where PTM students will receive hands-on training in racket repair and customization, in preparation for the Master Racquet Technician Certification exam. The academic and athletic programs are expanding rapidly, and the new facility will help accommodate the growth. The local tennis community will also benefit from the new Gene Clayton Tennis Center, as the program hosts summer camps, player development sessions, and lessons.
Having a separate building exclusively for tennis will set Methodist University apart from many other similarly sized schools. It will make a strong impression on prospective student athletes and show the University’s commitment to the sport and the industry.
About the Courts
In 2013, Methodist University rebuilt the eight-court tennis complex. Originally built in the 1980s, the courts were completely repaved, new California corners fencing was installed, and new lights were added, which will now allow for matches and practices to continue into the evening. The new courts are painted in U.S. Open blue and green, and include blended lines for 10 and Under play and events. The renovation project also includes an attractive gazebo for gatherings and new spectator seating.