by Linda Szyskowski

Are you or someone in your family looking for a sport to play or just fun exercise? Tennis is a sport you can play all your life, and it’s never too late to learn. Many people play into their senior years or learn as older adults. At Toledo Tennis, however, it’s not just about the game, it’s also about people, fun and friendships.
Founded in 1885, the Toledo Tennis Club is the 15th oldest tennis club in the United States. Today, TTC boasts an active and diverse membership who love the sport and play at all levels—from young children to seniors, from beginners to seasoned players. The club is located at the corner of Talmadge and Indian roads—convenient for Sylvania residents. It has 10 newly surfaced Har-Tru tennis courts, five hard courts, and four pickleball courts, making it the best outdoor tennis facility in the Toledo area. The clubhouse has a kitchen, meeting and dining room, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and bathrooms.
And then there’s Rathbun’s Porch. Named
after Bill Rathbun, longtime member and mentor to many, he played tennis at TTC into his 90s. Members and friends enjoy gathering here for coffee, socializing, watching matches, and enjoying outdoor parties, especially when there is something cooking on the grill. Did I say parties? TTC plans several during the summer season.
Manager Pat Birney, has over 40 years experience as a club owner and teaching pro. Known as the ‘Dean’ of the Toledo tennis community, he is a true ambassador of the sport. And this season, TTC is teaming up with the Shadow Valley pro staff for summer tennis programs and lessons for groups and individuals as well as for kids from 4 to 14.
Whether you would like to learn to play or are already playing, there’s something for everyone at Toledo Tennis Club. Want to learn? There is group and individual instruction available. Looking for a fun game and socializing? A mixed doubles group is organizing to play on Friday evenings. Other organized group play is available for both men and women during the week and on weekends. And pickup matches are also easy to find. Want to play competitively? Sign up for one of the USTA men’s or women’s TAIL teams. Want to play in the winter? TTC has a reciprocal agreement with Shadow Valley, so you can play throughout the year.
If pickleball is your thing, it’s there too. TTC has four courts lined for pickleball, and groups of various ages and levels play most days of the week; or you can organize your own foursome.
TTC’s annual membership dues always include court fees, so you can play as much as you want at no additional cost. Not ready to join? You can still sign up for many of the programs and events available to non-members, so check out the TTC website, Facebook page, or Instagram for more information and what’s happening at Toledo Tennis.
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