Tag: court tennis

Followers of this series should properly expect that this chapter will take them to Australia as the 6 courts (at the time) are the next in chronological order. They will have to wait a month, but that story will better coincide with the 15thanniversary of the 2005-2006 year-end journey. This month’s detour will bring us […]

By September 2003, the quest to play all the courts in the world had passed the halfway mark in only six years. Many of the easiest ones had been checked off the list, especially those in London and the nearby Thames Valley. They are close together and sometimes it is possible to play on two […]

In July 2002, my daughter, soon to be a college junior, decided she needed to tune up her French so off she went for six weeks in Paris with a roommate. My wife and I followed at mid-month for a few days of parental reconnaissance, a couple of business meetings and the continuing quest to […]

The decade of working to bring court tennis to Washington was behind us, but we had no idea how much lay ahead. The game does not sell itself, and the ongoing effort to recruit players gave rise to a new name for Temple Grassi – the Ambassador. He has continued to lead that effort for […]

The late 1960s are better remembered than the middle of that decade because turmoil resonates more than simmering transition, albeit a transition that was fast coming to a boil. Before the mid 1960s, boys who were viewed to be well educated, thanks to time spent at a handful of New England boarding schools and four […]

So, what exactly is your opinion of Major Walter Clopton Wingfield? The overwhelming majority of sophisticated and intelligent people will answer “ahhhh…. None.” But, for a few who play a game called court tennis, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield is the devil incarnate. Why would this be? According to Wikipedia, “Major Walter Clopton Wingfield (1833 –1912) […]

*** Note: This story of the building of Prince’s Court first appeared in the Winter 1998 edition of the Alumni Horae, the alumni magazine of St. Paul’s School. I chose not to update any of the information to more accurately reflect the last 22 years. There are several anachronistic references, like “sport of kings” that […]

This is a challenging writing assignment. Starting with the 100th edition of the Chase the First newsletter, I am going to write a monthly story about court tennis. The challenge results from there being two audiences. The first will find the stories in a newsletter aimed squarely at players and fans of a game that […]