|In the spring of
2005, the San Diego State women's and men's tennis
programs began play at the Aztec Tennis Center courts,
located on the western edge of campus.
The brand new, 12-court, tennis complex was made
possible due to the generosity of San Diego Padres owner
The 12 courts are surfaced with Plexicushion Prestige
surfacing which is a similar surface to what is used at
the National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in
The opening of the tennis center has been long
anticipated by both San Diego State tennis programs. It
is one of the finest collegiate facilities on the west
coast and one of the few in the nation to utilize the
state-of-the-art surface material.
Plexicushion entails six coats of liquid cushion
squeezed onto the base, which provides for uniform
bounce, as well as, being easier on the legs due to the
"We are very excited to be playing at our new home this
season," said women's head coach Peter Mattera. "It is
an excellent showcase for our nationally ranked women's
and men's tennis teams."
"We were able to maintain our national standing while
playing on an extremely antiquated facility," Mattera
added. "Both Gene Carswell (men's head coach) and I feel
that with the addition of the SDSU Tennis Stadium, we
can take a big leap forward nationally."
Carswell certainly feels the same way.
"I am excited that our new facility is open. For us
to be able to play two dual matches at the one time is
going to allow us to run some collegiate events here,
some different tournaments that we just have not been
able to host," Carswell said.
"As far as a recruiting tool, it is one of the best
facilities in the country, bar none," the head coach
said. "So we're really excited to be playing at our new
home and posting some victories and some championships