A new era of Virginia tennis opened in January of 2006 with the completion of the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The $7.5 million expansion of the club, highlighted by the indoor tennis stadium, has given the Cavaliers one of, if not the best, collegiate indoor tennis facility in the country.
The courts are named for the primary benefactor of the addition, Charlottesville native Boyd Tinsley. Tinsley, the violinist for the Dave Matthews Band, is an avid tennis player and fan who has contributed greatly to the game in the community. In addition to the indoor courts, he annually sponsors the USTA Women’s Challenger Event held at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. He also created the Boyd Tinsley Tennis Program, which provides instruction and equipment to underprivileged kids. Tinsley makes frequent appearances at Cavalier matches when he’s not on the road touring with the Dave Matthews Band.
Construction began in the spring of 2005 on the project, which added to the existing tennis facilities at the club. The addition brought the number of indoor courts to 12, including the sixcourt indoor tennis stadium with seating for 1,200 spectators. The project also added locker rooms, a training room, and state of the art scoreboards for the Cavaliers.
The facility has been the site of past ITA National Individual Indoor Championships and ITA Men’s Mideast Regional Championships. The Boar’s Head Inn, owned and operated by the UVa Foundation, is a staple of Tennis Magazine’s annual “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” rankings. The Boar’s Head Sports Club has been the indoor home of Cavalier tennis for over a decade.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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