The year was 1891. Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera, the first London-Paris
telephone connection opened and James Naismith invented the game of basketball. It
was also the start of an annual Tacoma tradition: The Pacific Northwest Tennis Championships
at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club (TLTC).
As one of the oldest tournaments in the nation, the PNW draws scores talented players
who compete for the largest prize money in the Northwest. The tournament welcomes
tennis fans from throughout the region to participate in what has become not only
a tennis tournament, but a true community event.
Generations of famous names participated in years past, including Jack Kramer, Sherwood
Stewart, Bill Tilden, Pancho Gonzales, Maureen Connolly, Rosie Casals, Hazel Hotchkiss
Wightman, Don Budge and Ted Schroeder. May Sutton Bundy, the first American to
win Wimbledon (1905), captured the women’s singles title in 1911 and 1912; as did
her daughter Dodo Cheney, in 1972. TLTC’s own Patrick Galbraith captured the singles
crown in 1985, 1986 and 1990. Pat spent a total of six years as a world-ranked top-10
doubles player. In 1966, while stationed at Fort Lewis, tennis legend Arthur Ashe
played an exhibition match and umpired at the tournament. (pictured above)
Dedicated sponsors, enthusiastic members and talented players come together to make
this an unforgettable week. Join us as the tradition continues.