The Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center is home to both the women’s and men’s tennis teams. It was dedicated in September 1992 and is located behind the Friday Center on N.C. Highway 54 in Chapel Hill.
The facility is named for Ceasar Cone II, a 1928 alumnus of the University who played tennis at Carolina and was a great benefactor of the school. The center also bears the name of John Kenfield, the legendary Tar Heel men’s tennis coach who had a sterling record of 434-30-2 from 1928-55. Kenfield’s teams won 15 Southern Conference and two Atlantic Coast Conference team championships during his tenure. He coached the likes of Bitsy Grant, Wilmer Hines and Vic Seixas at UNC, and his 1948 team finished third in the country. Kenfield was Carolina’s first-ever tennis coach, and he took over the leadership of the UNC team in time to coach Cone in his senior season in 1928.
The complex includes six indoor and 12 outdoor, lighted hard surface tennis courts, spectator viewing on the upper level of the indoor center, men’s and women’s varsity dressing facilities, public and visitor dressing facilities and a fully-equipped weight-training room for both varsity teams.
Other recent additions include an electronic scoreboard for the outdoor courts, additional stadium seating at the outdoor courts and a new electronic scoreboard for the indoor courts.
UNC has hosted several NCAA Championship regional matches and numerous ITA singles and doubles championships.
FROM VIRGINIA AND POINTS NORTH Take I-85 South to Durham, N.C. Exit left at US-15/501 in Durham and follow 15/501 for approximately 6 ½ miles. At junction with I-40, turn left at light onto I-40 East. Take I-40 East until exit for NC-54 West (exit #273 B). Continue on NC-54 West approximately 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight into the Friday Center. Follow signs to Tennis Center.
FROM POINTS WEST Take I-85 North towards Durham, N.C. When I-85 and I-40 split, take I-40 East. Continue on I-40 East until exit for NC-54 West (exit #273 A). Continue on NC-54 West approximately 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight into the Friday Center. Follow signs to Tennis Center.
FROM POINTS EAST Take I-40 West to Chapel Hill. Exit at NC-54 West (exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight into the Friday Center. Follow signs to Tennis Center.
FROM POINTS SOUTH Take US-15/50 North to Chapel Hill. Exit right onto 15/501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Continue on 15/501 Bypass through two stoplights. After second light, take next exit, which will be NC-54 East. Continue on NC-54 East approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right at stoplight into Friday Center. Follow signs to Tennis Center.