Tao Tennis Center
With a major renovation in the summer of 2006, the Tao Tennis Center can 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 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Central Regional and 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.