Over the past decade, Duke University has invested more than $25 million to make its athletic facilities among the finest in the nation. This commitment is evident in the changes instituted directly for the Blue Devil tennis teams. Duke Athletic Director Kevin White continues to lead the way in providing Duke with top facilities to help student-athletes stay in peak condition.
Directions to Ambler Tennis Stadium:
From RDU Airport (and Points East) 1. Exit the Airport on Westbound I-40 2. After 4 miles, merge on to NC-147N towards Durham/Downtown. Exit No. 279B 3. After 8.5 miles, exit Chapel Hill Street. Exit No. 13 4. Chapel Hill Street becomes Duke University Road 5. Proceed to dead end, turn right on HW 751 6. At next stop light (Science Drive), turn right. 7. Turn right on Towerview Road. 8. Turn right into parking lot, Ambler is west of the parking lot.
From points north traveling on S I-85 1. Exit 15-501 Bypass South 2. On 15-501, Exit at HW 751, turn left at the light. 3. Proceed to third light (Science Dr.) and turn left. 4 . Turn right on Towerview Road. 5 . Turn right into parking lot, Ambler is west of the parking lot.
From points south traveling on N I-85 1. Exit on HW 751, Exit No. 170 2. Turn right at first light. 3. Go three miles and at the fourth light, turn left on Science Drive. 4. Turn right on Towerview Road. 5 . Turn right into parking lot, Ambler is west of the parking lot.
Originally completed in the summer of 1987, the Duke Tennis Stadium was renovated into the Ambler Tennis Stadium. The facility was funded by Merrill Ambler and features seat-backs for fan seating, a scoreboard, new court surfaces and restrooms.
In addition to the fine outdoor courts, the Duke athletic department completed the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in the winter of 2000. Named after Karl and Alice Sheffield, the facility features six courts, offices for the coaches, a hall of fame room and locker rooms. It was awarded the 2000 United States Tennis Association Outstanding Tennis Facility on February 25, 2001. The Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center is only the third tennis center in North Carolina to receive the award since it began in 1981.
The modern training room provides all of the equipment and services necessary to keep the Duke men’s tennis team healthy and in action. The trainer’s office is off the main training area, allowing the players convenient access to this care.
The weight room is another extensive area, directed by strength coordinator Dan Perlmutter. The 3,300 square-foot weight room has over three tons of free weights along with Nautilus, Hydra-Gym and Universal stations.
In 2008 the completion of the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center - Dedicated to Academic & Athletic Excellence - provided all of Duke’s student-athletes with a new Academics Center featuring tutorial rooms, dedicated study space, computer lab areas and offices for academics staff, nearly tripling the size of the previous academics area.
Some more recent additions to the tennis facilities include a new state of the art Daktronics indoor scoring system. This project, which was installed in the fall of 2006, includes seven wireless scoreboards. There are six individual scoreboards (one mounted behind each court) that provides the player’s name as well as the game and set scores. The main scoreboard shows the dual match score and scores of all six courts. Also the six main outdoor courts have been resurfaced in the US Open (Duke) blue color.
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