2017 Tournament Dates: April 21, 22 & 23
Register to be a part of history, tennis, tradition and fun in St. Augustine, Florida!
It’s time to pick up a wooden racquet, slip on some 1890’s attire, and get on the courts to play tennis that’s a blast from the past! At the Tropical Championship, not only are we having fun and raising money for good causes, we’re also giving a nod to history in the oldest city in America.
Harbour Island Tennis is proud to host the Rotary Club of Coastal St Johns Annual Tropical Tennis Tournament (April 21, 22 & 23). All proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns and its local and international charities.
1800 Tennis Play
This original outdoor tournament began in the late 1800s, as the first tennis event of the year, and took place on the wooden tennis courts (now a parking lot) behind the Alcazar Hotel & Casino. Thanks to the warm weather and fancy hotel, players from the North and overseas were drawn to the tournament. Plus, they had a chance to win the championship trophy known as “the handsomest tennis prize in the country.” Nearly two feet tall, the sterling silver trophy, cast as a replica of the City Gates, is on display at Flagler College in celebration of the Ponce de Leon Hotel (still true?). The name on the trophy belongs to the last Tropical Champion, Mr. Oliver S. Campbell, who won it in 1894.
The original tournament wrapped up with dancing and festivities on the wooden tennis courts. In the following years, Henry Flagler expanded the celebration to include a 25-piece orchestra and a gala at the Ponce de Leon Hotel.
Soon, however, the tournament simply stopped and was largely forgotten.
Now, we have revived this enchanting event. And you can be part of it!
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- Men’s Singles 4.0>
- Women’s Singles 3.5<
- Women’s Singles 4.0>
- Men’s Doubles 3.5<
- Men’s Doubles 4.0>
- Women’s Doubles 3.5<
- Women’s Doubles 4.0>
- Mixed Doubles 7.0<
- Mixed Doubles 7.5>
There are lots of sponsorship opportunities available. Come help make this tournament a success and combat Polio at the same time. All proceeds go to the Coastal St Johns Rotary Club and it’s local and international charities.
Several of the sponsorship opportunities include on-court advertising for 6 months or more.
- Year-long advertising at Harbour Island Tennis Centre (HITC)
- Billboard for event at HITC
- Promotional advertising on all flyers, marketing materials, signage and social media.
- Four invitations to the Gala dinner and award ceremony.
- Vinyl sign on chosen court for 6 months. (~12’ x 4’) – (we will need high resolution logo)
- Promotional advertising on all flyers, marketing materials, signage & social media
- Three invitations to the dinner and award ceremony.
- Vinyl banner advertising at dinner and awards ceremony
- Presents awards to Champions at Gala event
- Promotional advertising on flyers, marketing materials, signage and social media.
- Two invitations to the dinner and award ceremony.
Welcome to Harbour Island Tennis: a refuge of sport, fun and relaxation.
Located directly on the marshes of the St. Augustine Intracoastal Waterway, Harbour Island Tennis Centre offers more than a place to exercise. Here, the salty marsh breezes and panoramic vistas are complemented by the deer grazing nearby and the majestic birds soaring above, including an eagle’s nest on adjacent land.
The club’s pristine condition makes it an ideal venue to forge great connections with friends and family. And let’s not forget the spectacular sunsets you can enjoy over the marshes as you play the great game of tennis on our fabulous courts.
We are the newest tennis club on St. Augustine’s stunning Anastasia Island, just off the 312 Bridge and Plantation Island Drive South.
Our club offers five top-of-the line Har-Tru Hydro Clay Courts; three of them have night lighting. Impeccably maintained, they offer the ultimate tennis experience. There is plenty of parking right on site. Upcoming expansion plans are in the works are more night lighting, and a multi-purpose clubhouse, exercise room and pool.
When we created Harbour Island Tennis, our goal was to have a private venue for just us and our friends. Now that it’s open for memberships, we simply want you to have fun and make new friends while we all get better at a game that’s truly is one of the best lifetime sports. This is a place where everyone feels at home, where newcomers easily become part of the community, and where everyone feels truly welcome.
Available to both members and non-members, these lessons are catered to all skill levels. They are taught by our pros, and are a great way to get some exercise, improve your game, feel more confident on the court, and, above all, have fun.
We want kids to have fun. Offering lessons and clinics to children four and up, we demonstrate daily that tennis is a great recreational sport for all ages. Available to members and non-members.
Available to both members and non-members, we offer a variety of diverse clinics and events.
On top of all the clinics we offer, we like to throw in competitive events. Join the fun when we play with wooden racquets or when we make Valentine’s Day a truly romantic experience on the courts!
Harbour Island Tennis Centre
205 Harbour Cay Way
Saint Augustine, Florida 32080