Mississauga’s Oldest Community Tennis Club Celebrates 100 Years

By Karen Longwell

Published on August 2, 2022 at 5:16 PM

Photo via Credit Valley Tennis Club

A tennis club in Mississauga turns 100 in August and they are planning a big party.

The Credit Valley Tennis Club, a not-for-profit club, is celebrating its centenary with a special day on August 21. The club is the oldest in Mississauga.

“We are the longest-running club of its kind and we still work with volunteers,” Gabriella Ralph, the club’s social director, told Insauga.

The club depends on volunteers to keep it going and members keep coming back.

“Friendships are formed here over the years and it’s the same people who join their group of friends every year,” says Ralph.

A hundred years ago, tennis players came dressed all in white: long trousers for men and skirts for women. And during the celebration on August 21, players will come dressed in white and play a tournament with wooden rackets, Ralph says.

“So we collected all the wooden rackets and we asked everyone to wear a white one,” Ralph says.

The club planted a tree to commemorate 100 years and there will be a plaque and dedication ceremony. The event includes live music and international cuisine. There will also be games for children.

Although they never played on grass courts, the Credit Valley Lawn Tennis Club was the original name for the club. Lawn Tennis was the name for the sport, but the Credit Valley club played on cinder courts to begin with. They changed to clay and then to the current Har-tru clay courts, but never played on grass.

In 1977, the International Tennis Federation voted to drop the lawn and clubs followed suit.

Resident John Vale and other prominent members of the community started the club in 1922. Architect Dixie Cotton owned the property, built the dirt tracks, leased the land to the club, and was also a member.

A 1923 financial document from the club shows that they got most of their income from a community dance. The club’s focus was on family and community and they held other social events such as pub nights, potlucks and brunches.

In 1971, the club moved from its original home on Veronica Drive to Huron Park. Membership grew from less than 100 to 450 members.

Today, the membership is around 750.

“It grows every year,” Ralph says.

The seasonal club has eight courts in Huron Park at 830 Paisley Blvd. W. Visit the Credit Valley Tennis Club website for more information.

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