Aiken Tennis Club

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Court Tennis Building
Aiken-Tennis-Club 03.jpg
View of the court.
Aiken Tennis Club is located in South Carolina
Aiken Tennis Club
Location Newberry and Park Sts., Aiken, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°33′34″N 81°43′17″W / 33.55944°N 81.72139°W / 33.55944; -81.72139Coordinates: 33°33′34″N 81°43′17″W / 33.55944°N 81.72139°W / 33.55944; -81.72139
Area 0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
Built 1902
Governing body Private
MPS Aiken Winter Colony TR
NRHP Reference # 84000513[1]
Added to NRHP November 27, 1984

The Aiken Tennis Club is a private court tennis club located at 146 Newberry Street, SW in Aiken, South Carolina. It includes the Court Tennis Building.[2][3] The club was incorporated in 1898 with the sponsorship of financier and founder of the prominent Whitney family, William C. Whitney.[4] The building was constructed around 1902, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 1984.

The Aiken Tennis Club is the world's most equatorial court tennis (also known as "real tennis") venue, and one of only two American courts south of the Mason-Dixon line (the other is the International Tennis Club of Washington).

Former world champions that have played on the court include Northrup R. Knox, G.H. "Pete" Bostwick, Jr., Jordan Toole, Jimmy Bostwick, Wayne Davies, and Robert Fahey. The most notable competition to be played at Aiken was the world championship challenger match between Ruaraidh Gunn and Camden Riviere on March 8, 2008.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Aiken Club Room and Court Tennis Building" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. National Park Service. c. 1984. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Court Tennis Building, Aiken County (Newberry & Park Sts., Aiken)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Royal & Ancient Game of Tennis" by Allison Danzig
  5. ^ Rick Preston, World Championship Eliminator Program, Aiken Tennis Club: 2008.