Sea Point Tennis Club
Sea Point Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1883 and is thought to be the oldest club in Cape Town. The Club was originally situated in Graham Road, Sea Point. After the Second World War the club moved to its present situation in Bantry Bay. At that stage there were six gravel courts running east west. The area of two of the courts was big enough for them to be rotated in the winter off season to face north south. (Sadly two courts and some land were later sold)
This gave members the advantage of not having to face the terrible early morning or late afternoon winter sun. Must have been quite a scramble when the club was busy as to who was going to play on those two courts! Over the years the club was a hive of activity in the Cape Town tennis world. Many times it won top honours in the Premier leagues of mens, ladies and mixed leagues. It also hosted The Sea Point Open which was said by many of the players involved, to be one of the best tournaments on the senior circuit in Cape Town.
The club also has the honour of owning some of the oldest Club Championship Cups which are now on permanent loan to the Western Province Tennis Association. Some of the players who over the years represented their country (excluding Seniors) are Bertie Gaertner (SA), Rayno Seegers (SA), Pietie Norval (SA), Margie Barnard (SA), Tony Fawcett (Rhodesia), Neil Broad (Great Britain).
We also had many WP players (excluding Seniors) such as Charlie Parker, Kieth Milne, Caesar Venter, Liz Vlotman, Karen Schimper, Lucinda Gibbs, Elmaret Kriel, Peter Michau, Mike Barwell, Neil McQuilkan, Steve Kriger and Wege van Niekerk.
From 2002 membership dropped below 10 and the Club was almost dead. From the AGM 2000 there was a "Vision" of what the club could be.
Through the efforts of the four Management Committee members, namely Brian Pincus, Mike Wolffe, Maeve Samuels and Kenny Winer enough capital was raised to refurbish the club and courts. The completed New Sea Point Tennis Club with new constitution is now ready to rebuild it's membership and continue the tradition of being a great tennis venue. From February 10th 2009 the new Sea Point Tennis Club has started building Membership and a new era begins.
- Portman Road
- Bantry Bay
- Cape Town