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History of tennis on Vancouver Island

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South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club was established in 1887 and only 10 years after Wimbledon. It is the oldest running grass tennis club in Canada. It has 7 grass courts and 2 hard courts. Membership is from mid May to mid September. It is approximately one hour drive north of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC. Visit web site

South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club circa 1887

Link to History of the South Cowichan Lawn web site

Since Wimbledon (1877), the popularity of grass tennis on Vancouver Island fell and elsewhere in the world with the preference for hard and clay courts. In its heyday on Vancouver Island grass courts were referenced in the British Colonist in 1959:

"…When I got to Victoria and commented favorably about their 12 grass courts, I was told, You should see the grass ones at Duncan” said Fred A. Earl of Modesto, Calif. At that time there were 23 grass courts there, more than in most large tennis clubs in the States at the time. It is no wonder Cowichan turned out so many good players."

Designated a Canadian Heritage Site in 1992.

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Grass courts #1 & #2 (of a total 7) South Cowichan Lawn T.C.



  1. "Duncan Revival Seen As Tennis Stronghold". The British Colonist. July 7, 1959. p. 26.

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