Jimmy Powell Tennis Center


In 1987, Dr. James Powell and his wife Anne, presented Elon University with a major challenge gift for the construction of an on-campus, 12-court, lighted tennis facility.

The Jimmy Powell Tennis Center consists of 12 hard courts separated into bays of three courts each.  The court bays are captured by a 10-foot high, vinyl-coated fence fitted with nine-foot polypropylene wind screens.  Evening tennis is made possible with low-level lighting.  Each court is equipped with a state-of-the-art intercom system.

Located at the center of the tennis complex is a two-story pavilion that houses a storage area, a concession stand and a viewing deck. From the viewing deck, competition can be observed in any direction, as well as the beautifully landscaped area between the courts. Shrubs and flowerbeds complement the permanent bleachers next to the two stadium courts, while honey locust trees help to shade the grassy seating area.

In the summer of 2008, all 12 courts were resurfaced and in 2009, locker rooms were added for both the men's and women's teams.

Completed in fall of 2018, the team locker rooms and staff offices were renovated with the removal of East Gym and the addition of a new tennis facility featuring spacious locker rooms, staff offices and an overview of the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center playing courts.

Since moving to the Division I ranks, Elon men's tennis has won four regular-season championships in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013, has taken two conference tournament titles in 2007 and 2014 and has been to the NCAA Regionals in 2007 and 2014. Twice Elon has sent players to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournaments in 2009 and 2013.

The women's tennis program has won one conference tournament title and has advanced to the NCAA Regionals once with both occasions coming in 2014.