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Waterville Valley, Rich in Tennis History Since 1884

June 19, 2018

Since 1884, Waterville Valley has been a tennis Mecca. Well, maybe not in 1884 with one court, but in the 1930’s it really took off with six clay courts and a host of New England summer tennis tournaments, which eventually put Waterville Valley on the map.

In 1975, Waterville Valley hit the big-time becoming the summer home of the Laver-Emerson Tennis Holidays. At the height of the tennis boom of the 1970’s, sixty guests came to the Valley weekly to experience one of the best tennis camps ever!  

Can you imagine hitting everyday with two-time grand slam champion Rod Laver? Or having dinner and beverages with 12-time grand slam singles champion Roy Emerson, and then playing doubles with him the next day? Well that was what it was like back in the 70’s. 

With eighteen clay-courts, sixteen Laver-Emerson tennis pros and a wonderful setting, guests from around the world came to Waterville Valley to experience great tennis and great times. Even though the camps are no longer in existence, you can still experience great tennis with unparalleled beauty all around you.

Rod Laver Arena, Court 1, was the court where Rod Laver played numerous exhibition matches, and it is usually available upon request! You might even find a little Rod Laver magic out on that court and hit shots you never thought you could make!

The Waterville Valley Tennis Center has hosted hundreds of tournaments through the years:  American Express Challenger Series, Michelob Light Regional Championships, American Medical Tennis Association, IBM Northeast Regional tennis week, New Hampshire Open Tennis Championships, Friendship Cup, Atlantic Cup, New England Senior Fall Foliage Tennis Classic and more.   

The tennis history is rich and Waterville Valley Resort is very happy to have you here and have you become part of a new history.     

Learn more about the Waterville Valley Tennis Center online at or call 603-236-4840.

Waterville Valley Tennis Center

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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