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Anyone for Tennis?

Celebrating 100 years of Tennis South Canterbury

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The Story of Tennis South Canterbury: 1921 - 2021

‘You can go anywhere in the world with a tennis racquet.’

‘We’d load up the cars of self-sacrificing parents and head south.’

‘To take part in a tournament in Nelson, Warne Pearse had no qualms about cycling there and back.’

‘Everyone learned the rules; how to score and umpire and, most importantly, to acknowledge an opponent’s shot.’

‘Bloody Workman – he came up and took titles and now he’s bringing juniors to take titles.'

‘Their enthusiasm was infectious, their goals were clear and attainable.’

‘You see the snow on the mountains and the sun shining over Caroline Bay.’

 

From Tekapo to Timaru this social history celebrates dazzling white tennis frocks, jelly sponge, barbeques and burnt chops, broken strings, travelling by horse and dray, playing all day and dancing all night. Endless fundraising, national titles, boring meetings, macrocarpa hedges, Davis Cup, magic moments, a world class facility… and a sporting environment where friendships are forged and social skills become life skills.

Tennis South Canterbury is proud of its history and excited about its vision for the future.

 

Why do people keep playing tennis? Because they love it.

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