Manly Lawn Tennis Club can trace its history all the way back to 1883 at the same Ivanhoe Park site. MLTC first competed in the NSW Lawn Tennis Association’s Badge Competition in 1898 in classes B, C and D, but not A. More information on MLTC’s history can be found in a detailed article provided by the local council, which can be downloaded here.
During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the club was fortunate that Australia played the Davis Cup Challenge Round on Boxing Day and the two following days.
Many overseas players have played in our Manly Seaside Tournament as the first tournament in the Australian tennis calendar at that time. The season finished with the Australian Championships. The tournament is still going strong and is an important part of the Australian satellite tennis circuit.
A who’s who of Australian tennis greats including Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman, John Bromwich, Lew Hoad, Neal Fraser, Rod Laver, Fred Stolle, Evonne Goolagong, Christine O’Neil and Dianne Fromholtz have won the Seaside Championships.