History

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)

2014

In January 2014, the Cougar Dome opened its doors to the general public allowing member of our tennis community to train and play year-round.

Today

Tennis in Truro is still going strong more than a century after the first club was founded. On this site you will find all the information you need to discover tennis in Truro.

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

1954 – David Piers
1958 – David Piers
1959 – David Piers
1962 – David Piers
1963 – David Piers
1964 – David Piers
1965 – David Piers
1966 – Robert Piers
1977 – Robert Piers
1982 – Bruce Hudgins
1983 – Bruce Hudgins
1984 – Sidney Lopez

Ladies’ Doubles

1967 – Doris Unwin (with A.Matthews)

Men’s Doubles

1954 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1956 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1957 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1959 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1962 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1963 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1965 – David Piers (with Ken Reardon)
1966 – Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)
1967 – Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)
1969 – Robert Piers (with B.Shakespeare)
1977 – David Piers & Robert Piers
1980 – David Piers & Robert Piers
1984 – David Piers & Robert Piers
1985 – Sidney Lopez (with D. Burchell)
1986 – Sidney Lopez & Robert Piers

Mixed Doubles

1954 – David Piers (with Anne Stacey)
1956 – David Piers (with Anne Stacey)
1962 – David Piers (with Vida Large)
1963 – David Piers (with Vida Large)
1964 – David Piers (with Vida Large)
1965 – David Piers (with Vida Large)
1969 – Doris Unwin & David Piers
1972 – David Piers (with Vida Large)
1973 – Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
1974 – David Piers (with J.Myers)
1975 – Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
1976 – David Piers (with L.O’Neil)
1980 – Robert Piers (with T.MacLean)
1982 – Bruce Hudgins (with P.Hartling)
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.