Founded in 1881, the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club is one of the oldest lawn tennis clubs in existence. Although referred to as a club, it’s actually an association that represents the entire university. The club and court are located at Fenner’s Tennis Ground and membership is open to undergraduates and postgraduates as well as staff who have an interest in lawn tennis.
The Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club core membership includes undergraduate students interested in competing for the University’s men’s and women’s teams. That said, the group also holds practice sessions for members who simply wish to play socially. There are around 100 club members annually who compete against other universities and play fixtures against other lawn tennis clubs.
Members of the Lawn Tennis Club also compete in varsity matches and the Prentice Cup; a biennial competition between a joint Oxford /Cambridge team and a Harvard/Yale team. The matches alternate being held in the UK and US, and the touring team of six travels around the host nation preparing for the primary event by competing against other teams in the area. While the men’s teams face off in the Prentice Cup, the women’s teams compete for the Seabright Cup.
Several members of The Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club have gone on to compete in the Wimbledon Championships in singles and doubles competition. Today, the club continues to represent many high caliber lawn tennis players.
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