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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Exploring Photos with the NOTL Museum: Tennis at Queen’s Royal

Many of you are still trying to fit in a few more rounds of tennis or golf before the snow starts to really fall. Here’s a photo of an intense tennis match being played on the grass courts formerly located at Queen's Royal Park. You may recognize some of the homes on Front Street in the background. A tennis tournament was established in 1886 known as the “The International at Niagara-on-the-Lake.” It quickly became a “must do” for the major players of the day. Over the next 25 years, all the American and Canadian champions would play “The International,” along with a number of Wimbledon champions. In 1895, the Canadian Lawn Tennis Association (forerunner to Tennis Canada) moved the Canadian championships to Niagara-on-the-Lake from Toronto. In both these international tournaments, men and women were accorded equal treatment, a significant element during a time when women were denied the vote, had limited access to higher education and were excluded from most sports. In tennis, they competed on the same stage as the men.

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