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LaNelle Robson Tennis Center

LaNelle Robson


When the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center was dedicated in 1991, it instantly joined the ranks of the nation's finest on-campus tennis facilities. The complex features 17 regulation size courts, a center-court grandstand, lights, team rooms, a permanent canopy over the stands, a concession area, a pro shop and restrooms.

The president of the LaNelle Robson Foundation, Edward J. Robson, established the foundation in memory of his late wife LaNelle. In honor of LaNelle's love of Wildcat tennis, Edward donated the canopy that hangs over the center court grandstands.

In the past couple of years, several improvements have been made to the complex. Former Arizona men's tennis player David Mehl and his family funded the installation of the stadium scoreboard in honor of Mehl's brother, George, a former men's tennis player. The scoreboard has the capability of displaying the scores of singles and doubles matches. In addition, a public address system was set up to help enhance the atmosphere at the Robson Tennis Center.

In the continuing effort to enhance the experience of the student-athlete, the Lesher Room recently underwent a renovation. The facility serves as a team room that can accommodate team meetings, video analysis and special events.

On Jan. 21, 2000, the Arizona women's tennis program celebrated its 100th victory at the complex, defeating New Mexico, 7-2. As the Robson Tennis Center enters its 17th season as the home of UA tennis, the Wildcats have continued to maintain a formidable home court advantage. The women's tennis squad has amassed a 161-95 record at the stadium, a winning percentage of over 62 percent.

During homecoming of 2006, renovations to the Robson Tennis Center were completed.  Changes to the site included a resurfacing of the courts and installing drainage.  Also, one of the singles courts was turned into a regular sized court, giving the tennis center 11 full-sized courts.  Dividers were removed between courts one and two between courts three, four and five, to get a more open feel, and the fences were repainted.  An awning was added between courts two and three, and there was a landscaped area between the front and back areas added to the tennis center as well.