Serving Up the Past and the Future at Orange Lawn

Schonbraun said the club has been in negotiations with the United States Tennis Association for a father-son grass-court doubles tournament here, and there is hope of adding a national amateur grass-court tournament soon. Other ideas include a masters tournament with big-name former players, like John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Pat Cash, as well as a men’s or a women’s professional tournament.

Grass was once the primary surface for the original sport of lawn tennis, but Orange Lawn is one of roughly 14 remaining clubs with grass courts left in the United States. The only remaining major grass-court tournament in the country is held in Newport, R.I., shortly after Wimbledon each summer. Creating the space and conditions for a small grass tournament in South Orange would be challenging, but it has been done before.


Orange Lawn Tennis Club was once the site of an important stop on the international tennis tour.

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The biggest stars in tennis used to play at Orange Lawn, including, from left, Bill…

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