Nicholasville, Ky. – The Transylvania Athletic Department and Top Seed Tennis Club announced today an exclusive agreement to have Top Seed Tennis Club the official home of Transylvania Tennis.
Per the agreement, the 21-court Top Seed Tennis Club will now serve as the home venue for the Transylvania women's and men's teams' matches. Boasting a full-range scale of amenities with unparalleled sightlines for 12 courts and ample space for multiple events, the brand-new state of the art Top Seed Tennis Club immediately becomes one of the premier facilities in Division III collegiate tennis.
"We are excited to call Top Seed Tennis Club our home for men's and women's tennis," said Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley. "The ability to play at a state-of-the-art facility is a great opportunity for our student-athletes and goes to our commitment to strive for excellence. We are appreciative of Donia Shuhaiber and Jon Sanders for working with us to make this a reality."
The Transylvania men's and tennis teams have competed at an assortment of local tennis facilities over the past three seasons with select home matches being held at Top Seed Tennis Club. With today's new partnership, Top Seed Tennis Club will now serve as the exclusive home venue for all Transylvania tennis matches over the next three seasons.
"Top Seed Tennis Club is proud to partner with Transylvania University," added Jon Sanders, General Manager of Top Seed Tennis Club. "Coach Calhoun, Coach Carey, and Dr. Holly Sheilley have put together a top-tier program and we are thrilled to be their home courts. The student-athletes at Transylvania conduct themselves with the highest level of competitive spirit and integrity which is why this partnership makes perfect sense."
Constructed on the southwest side of Lexington in 2018, the Top Seed Tennis Club lays across over 11 acres of land and features nine outdoor courts and 12 indoor courts, all outfitted with DecTurf playing surfaces.
The Interior Tennis Court area at Top Seed Tennis Club covers over 102,000 square feet with a 2,400 square foot elevated mezzanine. The mezzanine offers spectators and fans overhead views of all 12 courts simultaneously, offering a high-quality viewing experience and the ability to watch multiple student-athletes compete.
The indoor court area features industry-standard LED lighting, year-round climate control, and 4K cameras and stations that extend over all 12 courts, allowing the ability for coaches to film practices and matches.
For student-athletes, the abundance of court space allows each player to get onto the court at the start of scheduled meet times and eliminate waiting times due to limited courts.
In addition to an elevated playing experience for student-athletes and fans alike, Top Seed Tennis Club offers an overall experience that goes far above and beyond the playing courts.
An array of unique components which exist at Top Seed are an all-inclusive pro shop with stringing services, a full-service bar with an extensive menu of food and drinks, group fitness rooms with TRX, boxing, and kickboxing, and strength training equipment, quiet player's lounges with professional charging stations, and full-service locker rooms with private showers. The tennis club also features an on-site licensed massage therapist and a daycare. Together, all of these on-site elements form a customized and premium experience for every fan and player that comes to Top Seed Tennis Club.
While the Top Seed Tennis Club is in the early stages of its evolution, its features and capabilities have already commanded attention from the tennis world, both near and far. In its brief existence, the facility has hosted the USTA Southern Level 2 Junior Tournaments, the KHSAA State Finals, and the USTA Sectional and State Adult Championships. In the future, Top Seed Tennis Club will again play host to the KHSAA State Finals and welcome the USTA Adult and Junior State Championships, the USTA National Level Junior Tournament, and the NCAA Division III National Women's Indoor Championships.
The game-changing partnership between Top Seed Tennis Club and Transylvania Tennis is one that further advances a pair of Transylvania women's and men's tennis teams which continue a steady rise with both teams coming off of impressive runs that ended with appearances in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments during the 2018-19 season.
The Transylvania women's team posted its best finish in the HCAC in seven years with a runner-up showing and appearance in the conference championship match while the men's team made it back to the tournament for the first time in three years this spring.
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More on Top Seed Tennis Club and its partnership with Transylvania Athletics
"Partnering with Top Seed Tennis Club will allow our men's and women's tennis programs to have a home facility that rivals any in college tennis. Top Seed Tennis Club and all that they provide will allow our teams to have a top-flight experience as they practice, condition, and compete. Everyone involved in the programs will benefit from this partnership - student-athletes, coaches, support staff, and families. We are grateful to both the Top Seed Tennis Club staff and Dr. Holly Sheilley for the time and energy they have put into this project. It's an exciting time to be a Pioneer!" – Kevin Calhoun, Transylvania men's tennis head coach and Assistant Athletic Director
"Top Seed Tennis Club is now the home of Transylvania University Tennis. I could not be more excited about this announcement. To have the ability to practice, play matches, workout, and host tournaments at what is undeniably one of, if not the, best facilities in the entire region is tremendous for our student-athletes and their college tennis experience. As a coach, I am also thrilled with the help it gives us in recruiting. Jaws drop whenever anyone walks in the building the first time. This is a wonderful partnership which I hope will continue for some time and I'd like to thank Kevin Calhoun and Dr. Sheilley for pulling this together." – Bill Carey, Transylvania women's tennis head coach
"Top Seed Tennis Club is committed to providing the best atmosphere for competitive players of all ages and we are excited to host Transylvania and all of their home tournaments and matches." – Jon Sanders, General Manager, Top Seed Tennis Club