In addition to making the All-Conference team in 2011, senior Kaitlyn Blakey received the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship award for the Southeast Region.
For more than a century, tennis has been a core sport in our physical education program. Queens first joined the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. In 1989, the Royals men's and women's tennis teams joined the NCAA Division II (alongside the rest of Queens' athletics programs). In 2010-11, both teams were conference champions.
Tennis remains the heart of Queens' athletics, and hundreds of new players have been introduced to this lifetime sport at Queens. And now, Queens will take tennis to the next level: Thanks to $3.8 million in funding from Mecklenburg County combined with generous gifts from a variety of donors, Queens will break ground on a state-of-the-art tennis center at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Recreation Center in summer of 2015.
Once complete, the tennis center will transform training, practice and play experiences for Queens' student-athletes and provide a venue for recreation, lessons and league play for citizens of Mecklenburg County. The project will include 13 lighted courts, seating, and an adjacent facility with meeting space and locker rooms for tennis, track and field and field hockey.
The tennis center will also become home to the Tucker Leighton Avram Tennis Program, an independently funded initiative to introduce the game of tennis to those in Mecklenburg County who lack access to courts and coaching. In addition, the project includes proposed improvements to facilitate traffic at the Sports Complex.
"The game of tennis is a huge part of Charlotte culture," said Queens President Pamela Davies. "The tennis center will benefit the entire community, and we're honored to be a part of continuing the game's prominence in our great city."
"The game of tennis is a huge part of Charlotte culture. The tennis center will benefit the entire community, and we're honored to be a part of continuing the game's prominence in our great city."
Queens President Pamela Davies