SDSU terminates tennis programs



Andrew Holtan

The South Dakota State athletic department announced Tuesday night that tennis will no longer be a varsity sport, effective at the end of the academic year.

“Without readily available indoor and outdoor tennis courts, our student-athletes are unable to adequately train and prepare for competition,” said SDSU athletic director Justin Sell to

SDSU’s men’s and women’s tennis teams combine to go 1-36 this season.

Men began playing tennis at SDSU in 1920 and the women began in 1967. Both men’s and women’s programs were previously discontinued in 1983 before being reinstated in 1991.

SDSU will still compete in the Summit League 16 of the 19 varsity sports and will still compete at Division I in all sports. The scholarships of the 19 student-athletes on the tennis teams will still be honored or SDSU will assist in the transfer process if an athlete chooses to transfer.