A Championship Tennis Town

Vince Westbrook, head men’s tennis coach, has 25 years of coaching experience with The University of Tulsa. Photo courtesy The University of Tulsa.
Vince Westbrook, head men’s hennis coach, has 25 years of coaching experience with The University of Tulsa. Photo courtesy The University of Tulsa.

Tulsa is a great tennis city.”

These are Vince Westbrook’s words, and he should know.

Westbrook, head men’s tennis coach at the University of Tulsa, is the face of tennis in Tulsa, with 25 years of experience coaching at TU and a 375-263 career record. From May 19 through 30, TU will be host to the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships.

This will be the third such championship held at TU’s premier facility, the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, as the university also hosted the men’s championship in 2004 and the combined men’s and women’s championships in 2008.

Westbrook was part of a team instrumental in bringing the NCAA tennis championship to Tulsa for the first time in 2004. Westbrook says the process was started in 2002, and the Case Center itself was the major playing chip in getting the championship.

“The reason it was built was to bring national championships to Tulsa, and since we’ve built it we’ve had more national tournaments than anyone else in the country,” Westbrook says.

The Case Center, completed in late 2001, is considered one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. It has 12 outdoor courts with abundant seating, large scoreboards and live streaming.

“We also have six courts in the indoor facility in case we run into any kind of weather,” Westbrook added.

Vince Trinidad, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission (TSC), also noted the Case Center as one of the finest athletic competition facilities in the country.

“You can see matches up close and personal, and it has great seating capacity,” Trinidad says.