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History


ORIGINS

Isreal Longworth

The Truro Lawn Tennis Club was established by Isreal Longworth some time before 1890, making it one of the oldest surviving tennis clubs in Canada. The earliest known record of the club's existence is its 1889 slate of officers archived in the Colchester County Historical Museum.

1892 

T.L.T.C. opened its membership to the broader community in 1892, in an attempt to make the club more competitive.

1950 

Truro Tennis Club members competing in Windsor about 1950.
Front row (Left to Right): Etta Leadbetter, ________, __ Hepburn, Kaye Davis, ________.
Middle row (L-R): _______, _______, Colleen Cox, _______, _______, _______, _______, Frances Yould.
Back row (L-R): ______, ______, Malcolm MacQuarrie, Bitsy Grant, John Piers, Jack Piers, Harlan Cox, Ellis Davis, ______, ______, Frank Yould.
(Photo courtesy of Jack & Romaine Piers)  

1970

After 80 years on Longworth Avenue, the Truro Tennis Club moved to its current location at the foot of Victoria Park after the Town of Truro constructed 4 hard courts at 12 Palmer St.

Nova Scotia Premier G.I. Smith is shown here cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new courts on May 30, 1970, with TTC president Len Harris assisting. (Truro Daily News photo) 

TODAY

A century and a quarter after its founding the Truro Tennis Club is still going strong. The TTC offers a wide range of activities for players of all ages and abilities. Visit TTC News for upcoming events, or check out our calender for a list of activities from April till October.

 

Champions


Over the years T.T.C. members have captured 44 Nova Scotia provincial championships and 4 Canadian national championships. David Piers was N.S. champion 27 times (7 singles, 10 men's doubles and 10 mixed doubles) between 1954 and 1984. Dave's younger brother, Bob, won 3 Canadian junior championships.

Truro's Carolyn (Flemming) MacDonald teamed with Anne Stacey of Halifax to win the Canadian 15-and-under Doubles Championship, bringing Nova Scotia its first ever national tennis title in 1950. Carolyn was also runner-up in the ladies' singles championship in her age group.


The Nova Scotia contingent at the 1950 Canadian National Tennis Championships at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. Three young Truro players competed: David Piers (seated at front, 2nd from left), Jans (Wilson) Henderson (centre, with long dress) and Carolyn (Flemming) MacDonald (to Ms. Wilson's left), who was under-15 doubles champion and singles runner-up. (Photo courtesy of George & Shelley Flemming).

Long time club member Doris Unwin (2nd from left) with reigning Wimbledon doubles champions, Doris Hart (far left) and Shirley Fry (2nd from right), after partnering with Ms. Hart in a doubles exhibition in Kenya in 1953.

Ms. Unwin was ladies' singles, doubles and mixed doubles champion of Kenya before moving to Nova Scotia where she joined the T.L.T.C. and was Nova Scotia ladies' doubles and mixed doubles champion.

The late Ms. Unwin became an honourary life member of the Truro Tennis Club in 1995.


T.T.C.'s Bob Piers won the 1958 Canadian national under-13 boy's singles and mixed doubles (with Trinda Lee Weatherston) championships. In 1963 Bob became a triple national champion when he and Barry Shakespeare of Halifax won the Canadian under-18 doubles title.

 

Nova Scotia Championship Winners


The following table contains TTC members who've won the Nova Scotia Championships. 

MEN'S SINGLES MEN'S DOUBLES LADIES' DOUBLES MIXED DOUBLES
1954 - David Piers 1954 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon) 1967 - Doris Unwin (with A.Matthews) 1954 - David Piers (with Anne Stacey)
1958 - David Piers 1956 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1956 - David Piers (with Anne Stacey)
1959 - David Piers 1957 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1962 - David Piers (with Vida Large)
1962 - David Piers 1959 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1963 - David Piers (with Vida Large)
1963 - David Piers 1962 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1964 - David Piers (with Vida Large)
1964 - David Piers 1963 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1965 - David Piers (with Vida Large)
1965 - David Piers 1965 - David Piers (with Ken Reardon)   1969 - Doris Unwin & David Piers
1966 - Robert Piers 1966 - Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)   1972 - David Piers (with Vida Large)
1977 - Robert Piers 1967 - Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)   1973 - Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
1982 - Bruce Hudgins 1969 - Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)   1974 - David Piers (with J.Myers)
1983 - Bruce Hudgins 1977 - David Piers & Robert Piers   1975 - Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
1984 - Sidney Lopez 1980 - David Piers & Robert Piers   1976 - David Piers (with L.O'Neil)
  1984 - David Piers & Robert Piers   1980 - Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
  1985 - Sidney Lopez (with D. Burchell)   1982 - Bruce Hudgins (with P.Hartling)
  1986 - Sidney Lopez & Robert Piers   1984 - Bruce Hudgins (with M.Kelley)
      1986 - Sidney Lopez (with A.Dahlberg)

 

Credits

Much of the history of T.T.C. was compiled by club member Jim Power and appeared in Truro Magazine, April 1994. Romaine & Jack Piers and Shelley & George Fleming also contributed photos and information. If you have additional historical information about the Truro Tennis Club that you would like to share, please contact us.