August 6, 1979
On this day, the Indianapolis Tennis Center, dubbed the "Taj Mahal of tennis," made its athletic debut with the US Open Clay Court Championships. Tennis stars Evonne Goolagong-Cawley and Chris Evert-Lloyd were among the athletes competing in matches during the week at the stadium, located just south of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis building.
The construction of the Sports Center arose from city efforts to make Indianapolis a major sports hub. Attracting the clay-court championships was a major coup afforded by the tennis facility, which IUPUI leaders worked closely with city officials to build. For several years, important professional tennis tournaments took place there. In time, the clay courts made way for hard surfaces. IUPUI's tennis teams also used the courts. The complex hosted the Pan American Games tennis competitions in 1987.
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