2018 Tropical Championship Wooden Racquet Tournament

2018 Tournament Dates: April 13, 14 & 15

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 13, 14 & 15). 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!

Tournament Registration

Entry Fees (Includes Gala Dinner)
Names of Players


Gala Dinner at the Fountain of Youth

All tennis players, Rotarians, guests and friends should join us at The Fountain of Youth on Sunday, April 15 for our Gala Dinner. This is a semi-formal to formal event – come enjoy a gourmet dinner and dance under the stars at the amazing Fountain of Youth. What a perfect place to end this historic tennis event than at the original site of the Nation’s Oldest city.

Names of Attendees


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Sponsorship Opportunities

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.
2018 Tropical Championship Wooden Racquet Tournament