Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex
The University of Kentucky men's and women's tennis programs hold a competitive advantage over much of their competition thanks in large part to the fabulous amenities provided by the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in January 2010.
The summer of 1997 marked the further expansion of the Boone Tennis Compex with the construction and dedication of the $1.5 million Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center. The facility features a 1,500-seat stadium for its two center courts with four additional hard courts. Funding was generated for the project through private donations as well as exhibitions featuring top tennis professionals Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and John McEnroe.
In addition to the exhibitions, a bulk of the private donations were derived from the Ryan C. Holder Memorial Tennis Fund. Holder, a 16-year-old Lexington Dunbar High School student, was killed in an automobile accident. Because of his love for the sport and desire to play collegiate tennis, a group of friends raised $425,000 to complete the funding necessary to construct the stadium which houses the Ryan C. Holder Center Courts. The center courts were dedicated in Holder's memory on Aug. 3, 1997. ... more information