Want to hone your tennis skills, meet new players and share the excitement of the game on authentic red clay courts?
2012 promises to be a banner year for Berkeley Tennis Club in Orange, says Michael Winds, president of the Club. “We have members at all levels of play and from all walks of life. We are the indisputably the friendliest Club in the neighborhood."
Founded in 1917, the Berkeley Tennis Club is an historic member-owned outdoor tennis club in the suburban Seven Oaks section of Orange. Members come from the nearby communities of South Orange, Maplewood, West Orange, Livingston and Millburn.
“Berkeley is a complete tennis experience,” says Winds. “Members have the opportunity to play for the sake of play, just for exercise, or a new passion. For the competitor we have a club team and ladder, and an end-of-the-year tournament. Join us and pick up a game – singles or doubles, morning, afternoon or evening – or arrange your own games. Or socialize during an open house or party.”
One of the few remaining tennis facilities with red clay courts, Berkeley’s six courts are meticulously maintained and open daily, weather permitting, from mid-April to the end of October. The red clay is similar to the historic courts of Paris’ Roland Garros, home to the French Open. The surface is particularly easy on aging knees and ankles.
"But don’t take my word for it, continues Winds. “Watch us at play during an afternoon at the Club on YouTube."
Berkeley will open their doors for their first open house of the season on Saturday, May 5 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday.
Berkeley is moderately priced, friendly and diverse and organizes a variety of events such as round robins, evening “Heavy Hitters,” singles ladders, tournaments, open houses and special events like “Breakfast at Wimbledon” and movie nights. Members also have use of a guest coupon book.
“The Berkeley Tennis Club is a hidden jewel,” says Winds. “To have the opportunity to play on red clay at an affordable rate in a central location is unique. With a loyal membership and the addition of new members each year, Berkeley will continue to provide first rate tennis to the dedicated enthusiast.”
Berkeley Tennis Club is located at 311 Tremont Place, Orange, NJ 07050 (973-676-4859).