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John Natolly

John Natolly

The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The event is held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London and played on outdoor grass courts. The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles is held by Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. William Renshaw was the first to win seven Men’s Singles championships followed by Pete Sampras. The all-time winner is Roger Federer, winning the event eight times.

As Saturday’s Ladies Final was played, Harbor Hills Racquet Association members were treated to a classic Wimbledon breakfast at the home of Publicity Chairman Ted Drzewiecki and his wife Joanne. Breakfast included strawberries, champagne and Ted’s famous crepes. Guests made the event even more fun by wearing all white, the traditional Wimbledon dress code.

The Harbor Hills Racquet Association was formed to give players a voice in how racquet sports are promoted and played. Association President Giac Modica is looking forward to events planned for the new season. The Tennis Club Championship starts in November with a round robin among the various divisions; Men’s Doubles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Teams are already forming and developing creative strategies to capture the win!

Members of the Harbor Hills Racquet Association include country club members and non-residents who hold social, golf, seasonal tennis or pickleball memberships. Annual dues are $10 per person and are used for courtside amenities, facility improvements and other expenses. Contact John Natolly, USPTA Elite Professional, at 352-753-9376 or jnatolly@harborhills.com for more information. Join us courtside and let’s get back in the swing of things!

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