NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. — The latest chapter of Vandy United, Vanderbilt’s unprecedented $300 million investment in athletics, was highlighted today as artworks of the Lummis Family Tennis Center were unveiled. Fred and Claudia Lummis, both BA’76, and their sons – Fred III, Dan, BA’05, and Ben, BA’08 – made the principal gift with the aim of inspiring and encouraging gifts from fellow alumni and donors that are cutting edge Tennis facilities that benefit both the communities of Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville area.
“The Lummis Family Tennis Center will ensure our tennis programs have the facilities necessary to meet the standard of excellence we all expect,” said Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director. “Thanks to the generosity of Fred and Claudia Lummis and their family, our student-athletes will have the finest experience in collegiate tennis. The center will also offer enhanced fan and game day experiences to bring Nashville’s tennis community and Commodore Nation even closer to our programming.”
Award-winning global architecture firm Populous, master architect for Vandy United’s signature projects and notable tennis structures such as Wimbledon AELTC and the Hengqin International Tennis Center in China, spearheaded the design of the campus complex.
“Vanderbilt alumni and supporters know that their gifts will benefit not only current students but also generations to come,” said Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. “This generous gift from the Lummis family will long allow student-athletes to reach more of their potential while providing a destination for Nashville tennis fans. It is representative of Vanderbilt’s signature collaborative spirit and all-in attitude that will make Vandy United a success.”
The expanded and renovated tennis center will exceed all requirements required to host all levels of NCAA postseason competition.
“Claudia and I are thrilled to be helping Vanderbilt Tennis write the next chapter in a rich history,” said Fred Lummis, Founder and Chairman of Platform Partners LLC. “Captaining the men’s tennis team has been one of the great privileges of my years at Vanderbilt. My experiences as a student-athlete provided some of the best memories and most valuable lessons of my life. Our goal is to help create a tennis center of excellence, not only for Vanderbilt to compete for championships, but also to serve the Nashville tennis community. We hope our gift inspires others to contribute to this transformative project, and Claudia and I look forward to seeing current and future Commodores create their own lasting memories.”
The current five courts in the indoor part of the existing tennis complex will be converted into more spacious and playable four courts with additional circulation space, and five new indoor courts will be added. Other additions include new seating options for an unobstructed view of all seats, air conditioning, new overhead LED lighting, and upgraded and insulated interior walls with ball-resistant cladding. All existing facilities for students, athletes and coaches will be renovated and modernized.
“We are incredibly grateful for the Lummis family’s leadership gift to our tennis facility project,” said Vanderbilt women’s tennis head coach Aleke Tsoubanos. “This project will give our student-athletes the opportunity to train, develop and compete at one of the best tennis facilities in the country. We are very excited to begin building a home for the future of our programs that supports our mission to provide the best student-athlete experience in all of collegiate tennis. We look forward to welcoming fans to the new facility to cheer on the Dores in our quest for more SEC and national championships.
“Nashville has a fantastic tennis community and the Lummis Family Tennis Center will allow us to welcome them to our beautiful campus.”
Two outdoor courts will be added to the current layout, fully revived under new lighting. New courtyard fencing and decorative fencing and gates will be installed. Fan amenities such as firmer backed seating, wheelchair-accessible observation areas, additional decking and shaded areas will complement circulation improvements, and sightlines between seats will enhance spectator engagement.
“We are very excited about the planned construction of a new Vanderbilt tennis facility,” said Ian Duvenhage, Vanderbilt’s men’s tennis head coach. “Thanks to the support of our sports administration and the generous contributions of Fred and Claudia Lummis and our donors, we will be the lucky recipients of one of the nation’s premier tennis centers.”
These improvements, made possible by the Lummis family donation, build on the foundation laid by Brownlee O. Currey Jr., whose transformative contributions to Vanderbilt’s existing tennis center continue to be recognized by the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Pavilion.
Construction will occur concurrently with other Vandy United efforts.