|Über uns||This is the oldest Tennis Club in Greece founded in 1896. The club has 5 carpet courts and is host for ITF Junior cup and ITF Seniors tournament|
The first time tennis was ever played in Greece was during the period of English rule on the island of Corfu. In 1896, thirty years after the union of the Ionian State with Greece, the society «LAWN TENNIS CLUB» is established in Corfu by a group of young men who came from families of the alleged high society. Most of them had been raised according to English patterns and their families had either developed bonds with England in the past, or worked for the Rally companies in India.
In 1915 the new statutes was adopted and the first Board of Directors was elected while keeping the original name of the Club. The Club’s main activity was to project the image of its members rather than to promote athletic competition. In October 1938, the Corfu Tennis Club along with other seven clubs establish the Tennis Confederation, known today as the Hellenic Tennis Federation (HTF).
During World War II, all activities ceased due to the refusal of the Board of Directors to allow entrance of the Italian military and of members of the Ionian Islands’ Civil Administration to the club’s practice sites. A reconstruction period followed the war and in the mid 60’s the Club became a place for holding international events. The Board of Directors made efforts and finally succeeded in making the Club more accessible to the public and to the youth doing sports.
After 1966, this institution quickly evolved into one of the three Greek annual tennis tournaments, the annual International Tournament of Corfu. The tournament lived for 21 years, being one of the top sports events as it brought to Corfu some of the biggest names of both Greek and international tennis.
In the late '70 the youth of the island started practising tennis systematically. Later, by 1987 when the team championship was established and up until today, the Club’s team has had a successful course, as it has been in the A1 National League for many years, which is something unique for a sports club in the annals of Corfu.