Our History

Since our establishment in 1886, the Tennis Club of Rochester has remained a prestigious institution deeply rooted in the rich history of the sport. With over a century of excellence, we have fostered a legacy of passion, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that continues to define our club today.

Our story began when a group of dedicated tennis enthusiasts came together with a shared vision to create a haven for tennis lovers in the Rochester community. From humble beginnings, our club quickly grew into a thriving hub where players of all ages and skill levels could come together to indulge their love for the game.


1886 The Rochester Lawn Club is founded with 2 grass courts located at the corner of Prince & University in the city of Rochester
1907 The club relocates to the corner of Culver & University
1915 The Tennis Club of Rochester is incorporated and moves to Farrington Place
1917 TCR Hosts The Red Cross Tournament during World War I
1932 The first year a non-voting playing membership is offered
1947 2 of the 10 courts are resurfaced with Redcort, the 8 other courts remain clay
1955 The Marsh Cup series returns, hosting its first tournament of the new series at TCR
1961 Peter Cawthorn is hired as TCR’s pro
1966 TCR’s First Indoor Season occurs when a large bubble is used to cover 2 of the courts
1968 TCR moves to its current home in Bushnells Basin and had 12 clay courts and 5 composition courts
1982 Gretchen Wright is the first woman elected as the President of TCR by the Board of Governors
1986 TCR Celebrates 100 years
2007 First time TCR hosts the USTA Futures Pro Tournament, now called LB Rochester ITF World Tour Event

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the lives of our members through clay court tennis, platform tennis, pickleball, fitness, and swimming.

What We Offer

Tennis Lessons

Our expert instructors offer comprehensive tennis lessons tailored to all ages and skill levels, helping players refine their technique and elevate their game.

Junior Development

Our junior development program focuses on nurturing young talents, providing a supportive environment for their tennis growth through specialized coaching and tournaments.

Fitness and Wellness

Beyond the court, our members have full access to our Fitness Center for off-court strength training and stretching before and after play.

Social Events

Join our vibrant social scene with regular events including mixers, round-robin tournaments, and themed gatherings, fostering connections and a sense of community among our members.

Pro Shop

Our fully stocked pro shop offers a wide range of equipment, apparel, and accessories, ensuring you have everything you need to play your best game.