Neil Schiff Tennis Center
The Neil Schiff Tennis Center, home of the Miami men’s and women’s tennis teams, was completely funded by donations of approximately $1 million from friends and family of Neil Schiff.
A 1948 graduate of the University of Miami, Schiff spent the majority of his life in dedicated service to his alma mater. At the time of this passing in 1985, Schiff was vice chairman of UM’s Board of Trustees. His passing was felt deeply by the tennis community and the young men and women who prospered through his love and support of Hurricane tennis.
The Neil Schiff Tennis Center houses 16 courts. The eight varsity courts are flanked on two sides by seating for more than 1,000 spectators, including 144 courtside chair backs.
The varsity courts are designed for open spectator access, with spacious walkways that allow a clear view to every court in use during a match.
Each court is individually lit by eight low mounted halogen lights that meet the uniform lamination criteria set by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for championships play. The lighting system received the 1987 Tennis Industry Magazine Court of the Year Award.
The tennis house is adjacent to the courts and includes a reception area, offices for the men’s and women’s tennis coaches and a plush new refurbished VIP/Player’s Lounge that is complete with a large screen TV and three tinted glass walls for viewing matches in air conditioned comfort.
The facility was built to support college, amateur and professional tennis competition and to serve as the home for many of the nation’s top amateur events. The NSTC annually hosts the International Junior Orange Bowl tournament and has hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships Regional.