Tennis

Tennis Programs Director: Sue Silver                 

Head Tennis Pro: Austin Gardella (gardellaaustin@gmail.com, 203-858-3046)

The tennis courts generally are open from late April until late October, although if the weather stays fair, nets may remain in place on three of the seven courts until as late as Thanksgiving.

Members typically organize their own recreational play, but there are regular all-comers doubles games on Saturdays for women from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and for men from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is requested for those games, but there also are several less formal weekend playing groups. From time to time, members put together series of open-invitation Thursday night and Sunday night social games that end with pot-luck buffets and beverages.

A half-dozen or more member-run tournaments are held each season, generally on Saturdays with a light lunch and cold drinks, plus prizes for winners. Events vary from year to year, but things always kick off in early May with Mixed Scrambles, a mixed-doubles event in which players change partners after every round. It’s a good way to meet people. After that, there may be Mixed Doubles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Singles and Member-Guest events, depending on players’ enthusiasm.

Players can channel their inner Althea Gibson or Don Budge at the Wooden Racquets Tournament, held every other year. The annual end-of-season Family Cookout lets players indulge their fashion sense: It's the one day on the calendar when the Club relaxes the white-attire-only rule.

Head Tennis Pro Austin Gardella offers lessons, racquet stringing and tennis equipment and clothing. Austin also can help newer members find challenging games with players at their level.