Jesse Owens West Tennis Center (JOWTC)
This fully-accessible west campus satellite facility is the only place on campus to play indoor tennis. Four tennis courts are available for use. Guest passes are available. Only BuckID or credit card are accepted.
Spring Semester Hours (January 11-April 27)
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 -11 a.m.
Sunday: 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Special Holidays and Closings
April 5 (Easter): 1-10 p.m.
Want to reserve a court?
Only Ohio State Rec Sports members can make a reservation. Members are encouraged to make a reservation to ensure court space is available. Court space can be reserved beginning at 5:30 p.m. the day before in person or by phone at 614-292-0699. All reservations are 90 minutes in length, regardless of singles or doubles play. Players are restricted to one reservation per day; however, players can stay past their reservation time based on court availability. For a complete list of policies, please refer to JOWTC Policies and Procedures in the right hand corner.
If you would like to reserve a court at the same time each week throughout the semester, please refer to JOWTC Draw Information and Contract. Once Second Opportunities Draw has ended, all remaining court times are available for Daily Reservation beginning at 5:30 p.m. the day before.
If a court reservation cannot be used, you may cancel the reservation without penalty up until two hours prior to the start of the reservation. Cancellations may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-292-0699.
Looking for a tennis partner?
A sign-up sheet, located on the bulletin board outside the JOWTC office, is available for members to post names, emails, preferred days and skill levels to help find a partner.
Faculty and staff have a doubles program wherein pairings are made for late afternoon play. Persons interested in participating next semester should contact Professor Bruce Weide.
Looking for extra practice?
The Tennis Tower is available for check out Monday through Friday except between 4-8:30 p.m. before October and after April. The Tennis Tower is only available before 4 p.m. October-April due to high court demand. Please note that two courts side-by-side are required for the Tennis Tower to be used. When making a reservation, please indicate if you would like to use the Tennis Tower to ensure it is available during that time. The Tennis Tower may be used outside these hours on a drop-in basis only if courts 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 are available.
The Tennis Tower is a ball machine that comes with a hopper of approximately 75 tennis balls. It throws all shots from groundstrokes to lobs at variable speeds, and also has a built in random oscillator if desired. Spin is adjustable from heavy underspin, to flat, to heavy topspin.