Publicity stunt “floods” Frog Fountain with tennis balls

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    Tennis balls were placed into Frog Fountain at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning in anticipation of the TCU men’s tennis team hosting College MatchDay, according to a press release from TCU athletics.

    According to the press release, Frog Fountain would be “flooded” with tennis balls. A spokesperson for TCU Athletics said 105 tennis balls were placed in the fountain.

    When photos were taken by TCU 360 at 9:00 a.m., there were about 70 tennis balls in the fountain.

    According to Physical Plant regulations, the team had to limit the number of tennis balls that could be placed in the fountain, Kayla Emmerson, account executive for the TCU Men’s Tennis Team, said in an email.

    College MatchDay is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and will give the team an opportunity for further promotion in the future.

    The MatchDay will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. against the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 11-2 this season and coming off two consecutive 6-1 victories over UT Arlington and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

    The Frogs won four matches last weekend against USC Upstate, University of San Francisco and Lamar. The team is 6-2 this season, according to GoFrogs.com.

    TCU will also play a conference match against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    In addition to the on-campus promotion, several local restaurants will be providing food for the event.

    Salsa Limón will be providing free tacos for the first 150 spectators on Saturday while Buffalo Bros. will provide free pizza between doubles and singles matches on Saturday and Sunday.

    College MatchDay hats will be also be given on Saturday to the first 100 spectators to arrive at the match by 1 p.m.

    Andrew Sullivan, a Fort Worth singer/songwriter, is scheduled to perform at noon on Saturday before the contest against Texas.

    Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m.