“If you wanted top competition, you had to play at the LATC…”
The Los Angeles Tennis Club is an exclusive private tennis club located in the historic Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, a few blocks from Larchmont Village. It sits in a tiny pocket of residential homes just south of Melrose Blvd. and 2 blocks from the Wilshire Country Club. Opened in 1920, the LA Tennis Club was the first private-equity tennis club in the city. The club has hosted some of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the United States including the Southern California Championships and the Pacific Southwest Championships, as well as amateur, collegiate, and charity tournaments. As of 2015 it was $25k to join (with a referring sponsor) and $350 a month.
Over the years, the LATC has served as a development center for countless world-class tennis players. In his autobiography, International Tennis Hall of Famer, Jack Kramer, recalls playing at LATC as a a youth against the likes of Ellsworth Vines, Bill Tilden, Bobby Riggs, Gene Mako, Joe Hunt, Ted Schroeder, Jack Tidball, and Frank Shields. Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase and Billie Jean King also played here.
Today, the Los Angeles Tennis Club boasts 16 tennis courts (14 hard and 2 Har-Tru) along with a 25-yard pool, a gym, dining and bar facilities for its 400 members while still retaininf an “old-school Hollywood” vibe. You do not need to be a member to join/try out for the loal swim team, The Sharks.
The Los Angeles Tennis Club is located at 5851 Clinton St., Los Angeles, CA 90004 in historic Hancock Park.