Racquet and Tennis Club
About "Racquet and Tennis Club" The Racquet and Tennis Club is a private social club and athletic club located at 370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets, New York, New York. =Club= Unlike many other private clubs that once catered exclusively to men and now admit women, the Racquet and Tennis has held fast to its men-only membership policy. (Women are welcome at club social events, however.) Its ancestor, The Racquet Court Club, opened in 1876 at 55 West 26th Street with only a racquets court. The second club house at 27 West 43rd Street (1891) had one racquets court and one real tennis court. The club moved to the Park Avenue home in 1918. In 1987, the club famously refused to allow Evelyn David (who was, obviously, not a member of the club) to train for the Women's World Tennis Championship, citing its men-only rules. At the time, Ms. David was considered by several leading members of the club to be in the top six or seven female court tennis players in the United States. Club professionals have been world champions in both racquets and real tennis. The most famous was Pierre Etchebaster, Real Tennis World Champion (1928-1956). Neil Smith was World Racquets Singles Champion (1999-2001), and World Doubles Champion (1992-2001). James Stout recently captured the Rackets World Champion moniker with a resounding victory over Harry Foster. Tim Chisholm (partnered by Julian Snow) won the Real Tennis Doubles World Championship in 2001. the Source of this site's article: Wikipedia Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) and/or GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).
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