With a major renovation in the summer of 2006, the Tao Tennis Centercan now be considered one of the top college tennis facilities in NCAA Division III. Among the many improvements, the courts were resurfaced with post-tension concrete and were painted to reflect the school colors, red and green. The six courts are red and the outer boundaries are green. In addition, new lights, fences, windscreens, nets, bleachers, and a second storage shed were installed.
The Tao Tennis Center served as the host facility for the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Central Regional and the 2013, 2014 and 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Central Region. It also was the practice facility for the 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships, hosted by Washington University at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park.
Named in honor of William K.Y. Tao, the Tao Tennis Center was originally refurbished in 1985 in conjunction with the renovation of the Athletic Complex. Tao is a 1950 graduate of Washington University, and currently holds the title of affiliate professor in the schools of engineering and architecture.
Born in Peking, China, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington University, and has taught at Washington U. since 1960. He is also the founder and President of William Tao and Associates, Consulting Engineers, and the national chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Tao Tennis Center is open for recreational use during regular Athletic Complex hours of operation. All outdoor facilities are available from 7 a.m. until dusk or with the close of all activity areas, whichever is first each day. The facilities are not available when departmental programs are scheduled.