A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre
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Considered to be one of the finest tennis facilities among the collegiate ranks, the modern six-court, 1,000-seat A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre enters its 33rd year serving as home to Mississippi State's men's and women's tennis teams in 2016.
The Centre, which has undergone several physical changes in the last 18 years, is named for Mississippi State alumnus A.J. Pitts of Tupelo, Miss.
The most recent changes came in time for the 2016 campaign as the Pitts Tennis Centre received several new features. Among the improvements made were new maroon chairback seating in the main grandstand and viewing platforms behind courts 3 and 4. The platform behind court 4 connects via walkway to the MSU Softball Stadium, giving fans the ability to visit both venues on days when both teams are playing at home. One of the most noticeable improvements for MSU tennis' facility came in the addition of new seating and viewing areas at the ends of the playing surface (adjacent to courts 5 and 6). The seating areas include maroon chairbacks as well. Those two new viewing areas give fans the opportunity to get much closer to on-court action and gives the facility a more enclosed and exciting feeling overall.
In the fall of 2013, the playing surface of the Pitts Tennis Centre was completely reworked for the first time since 1984 when it first opened. An entirely new foundation was poured and a fresh new look was restored. In 2011, new scoreboards were installed with each individual court having point-by-point scoring, and the main scoreboard displaying team names and the team score as home matches progress.
In 2010, a renovation to the men's locker room was made. Also included in the renovation were new fences, windscreens, umpire chairs and benches. Another change was 2010's upgrade to both the men's and women's locker rooms which included fresh paint, new carpets and new furniture to improve the area for the MSU athletes and coaches.
After 10 seasons of supporting the efforts of MSU's tennis players, the courts received a facelift in the fall of 1993, undergoing a total resurfacing job that upgraded the playing surface for MSU's men’s and women’s squads to top competing condition. The project was performed by the No Fault Company of Baton Rouge, La.
Another addition to the Pitts Tennis Centre was completed in the fall of 1998 with the finish of a modern complex underneath the Centre's grandstand, which brought many new advantages to the State net programs. The facility houses locker rooms, showers and lavatories for the men’s and women’s Bulldog tennis teams, as well as for officials and visiting programs. The complex also features a concession stand for fans to utilize while enjoying MSU in action.
In the summer of 2001, new fences were installed around the complex, replacing the facility's original structures. And in the winter of 2003-04, a new press box was constructed in the center of the grandstand.The Pitts Tennis Centre opened its courts for play on February 26, 1984, when MSU's men entertained Louisiana Tech, posting a 6-3 win over their Bulldog counterparts. In 1993, the MSU men registered the 100th win in the Centre's history with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Gators to end the regular season for both teams.
MSU's men and women have combined for a 339-237 (58.9%) record at the Centre. The Bulldogs have enjoyed a 65.9 percent (209-108) success rate in home matches at the Pitts Tennis Centre. Those totals do not include results at home during 1997. The Pitts Centre was undergoing repair work during that campaign and all MSU matches were played at the Sawyer Tennis Courts on campus.
MSU's men are 169-65 (72.2%) at home during the last 18-plus seasons. The Bulldogs' SEC home record has been just as impressive since '92, having compiled a 68-56 (54.8%) mark. The Bulldogs' non-conference record at the Pitts Tennis Centre is 123-22 (84.8%), including a remarkable 109-11 (90.8%) mark since the 1988 season.
Crowd support has been a key to the home success of the two teams, as average crowds of 500-750 fans flock to the Pitts Tennis Centre for matches during the spring to watch the national-level tennis competition. In fact, attendance at the Pitts Tennis Centre has ranked among the top 5 nationally several times, as recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In addition to being the home to MSU's tennis teams, the facility was also the site for the 1989 SEC Men's Tennis Championships, the 1990 SEC Women's Tennis Championships, the 1992 Mississippi Intercollegiate, the 2000 SEC Men's Championship, the 2001 SEC Women's Championship, the 2012 SEC Men's Championship and, most recently, the 2013 SEC Women's Championship. State also hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship in both 2012 and 2013. The Centre is also home to MSU Tennis Camps each summer.
The Pitts Tennis Centre has served as the home facility to 23 Mississippi State All-America selections, 40 all-SEC stars, the 1989 NCAA women's doubles champions, the 1994 NCAA men's doubles champions, the 1993 Southeastern Conference championship Bulldog tennis team, the 1996 SEC Men's Tennis Tournament champions, the 1994 and 1998 NCAA Championship semifinal squads and the 2011 and 2012 SEC Men's Western Division champs.