by Brown University Coach Jay Harris
Tonight will mark another historical landmark for college tennis with the nation’s first ever Rock n Roll College Tennis Double Header. It was last year when Brown University first made college tennis history when it hosted Boston University and played music during the actual match play. It was the first time ever that a college tennis match was played with the Rock n Roll concept as Coach Harris (working with innovator Ed Krass) worked to create an exciting environment for the fans and players. The event was such a success that Coach Harris decided to double up on it this year and bring in two great Patriot League teams with some talented and open minded coaches. Legendary Coach Dave Shook (Lehigh) attended last year’s event as a spectator and immediately begged to be involved, and talent hunter Bobby Pennington (Colgate) is not only bringing his team this year, but has already pushed to have his team compete in a similar event next season as well!
So what is this Rock n Roll College Tennis about? Well for starters, a playlist of music (compiled by some very talented musical minds) will boom from Brown’s new state of the art sound system for the duration of the pre-match warm-ups and then right into actual match play! That’s right–we are not talking about country club ‘hush hush’ tennis. Music will be booming just like the 140 mph serves up on the fourth floor of the Pizzitola!! In addition to the adjustment of the sound levels allowed, there will also be an adjustment in the match format. A normal college tennis match consists of three doubles pro-sets and then six singles matches. These matches could last up to 4-5 hours. For this Rock n Roll format, the ‘four/one’ will be used. That means that the match will start with four singles matches and then just one doubles pro-set will follow on the first open court. Using this format will cut the match time almost in half and will make the product much more fan friendly. This of course is not to mention the free Antonio’s pizza given out to fans during the matches!