My First tennis club- interesting story

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  1. Clive Walker

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    When I first joined the club- I was absolutely new to club tennis having played pretty much exclusively in local municipal courts in parks.

    The club I joined had (I thought) 3 grass courts and 4 tarmac courts. I was also aware of a large enclosing brick building next to the 3 grass courts but had no idea what it was until I had a bit of an explore- I ended up finding 2 further grass courts enclosed by an old stadium. This stadia was partially boarded up and the rest of it had been ripped up years ago and seemed to be nothing more than a home to local pigeons.

    The grass courts played absolutely superbly and there was an indescribeable atmosphere on those courts. Speaking to other members about the club I found out that it had quite a history- it was the home of one of the pro tournaments back in the 50's and many of the world's leading players had played there. Perry, Gonzalez, Budge. The club was based at the town's leisure centre which has originally been the clubhouse, there were still signs about of seating racks and old courts all around the site- a google maps overhead picture suggests there may have been 15 plus courts on the site at one point- now down to 9.

    Wow, now I was really interested, I spent some time visiting the local newspaper asking for archive info, reports or pictures... nothing.

    The town's library? ditto.

    The internet? nothing much, apart from a reference on a site to a Davis Cup match programme from a UK v Germany match being sold for more than I could justify spending.

    In the meantime I ended up running one of the teams, and for a year before I left the club due to a house move, ended up as club secretary.

    Since I've moved away a bunch of pictures have turned up, and a few videos of the club in it's heyday have appeared on the net.

    Some of the more interesting ones are below.


    Fred Perry 5th from left on front row?
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    Don Budge
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    Davis Cup
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  2. Clive Walker

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  3. atatu

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    Fantastic ! But kind of sad about the decline ?
     
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    Looks (looked?) like an amazing facility. What part of UK was this? I'm always very impressed with how well kept the British tennis lawns are.

    Around these parts it's almost exclusively hard courts, which somehow doesn't seem quite as distinguished!
     
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  5. TennisAddiction

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    We need more lawn clubs here in the USA!
     
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    I agree

    I agree

    I only know if one grass court in New England. The tennis hall of fame in Newport RI, and I think its 65 bucks an hour or something.
     
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  7. Clive Walker

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    This is Scarborough on the coast of Yorkshire (about halfway up the mainland UK triangle shape on the right hand side)
     
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