Groucho Marx famously said, “I refuse to belong to any club that would have me as a member”. He obviously never paid a visit to the Arthur Allen Tennis Center in Cambier Park. Because while there are a few tennis players who may ascribe to that sentiment, there are roughly 500 members who consider it their tennis home. In addition to this throng, there are countless ‘drop-ins’ that flock here to join in with this thriving tennis community.
This twelve court complex located in the heart of beautiful downtown Naples offers a wide variety of tennis activities and services for all levels of play. Free play, clinics, lessons, tournaments, leagues, ball machine rentals, stringing and round robins are all happening at Cambier.
But, as well as all the sport of tennis goings on, you will find a place where more than just tennis balls are struck. A place where friendships are struck up! Time on the courts and under the chickee huts in this convivial atmosphere will work its magic. In reality, there are no strangers here, only friends waiting to be made.
In keeping with this theme, a memorial plaque on the practice wall was just dedicated with the inscription, “…we came for tennis, and departed as friends”. Of course the sport of tennis is fun and challenging and the competition is truly exciting. However, the winning and losing are secondary to the camaraderie of the shared experience. As Oscar Wilde put it, “Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success”. So, for a delightful tennis encounter, why not ‘friend’ yourself and join in the revelries at Cambier Park?