When Baseline Tennis Center opened in 2002, the University of Minnesota expected it to generate rental revenue.
In the decade-plus since, the facility has far exceeded expectations.
The facility generated a total of about $595,000 in rental income for the University’s athletics department this fiscal year. That’s money beyond the revenue it brings in for hosting Gophers men’s and women’s tennis matches.
The University of Minnesota's tennis facility brought in about $595,000 in revenue last year.
The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague.
Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the first round of the NCAA tournament May 10. The Gophers lost 5-2 to the Rams in January, but they played much better in the second half of the season.
The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
Whitney Taney is arguably the most dominant women’s tennis player to ever walk the halls at Edina High School. She ended her high school career six years ago with a 166-0 record, one that might never be matched.
Then she took her talents to the University of Michigan, where she holds the record for the most career doubles wins.
Now, in her first year as an assistant coach at Minnesota, she’s trying to help turn around a struggling Gophers women’s tennis program.
Whitney Taney went undefeated in her six years at Edina High School.