The club as we know it today was formed in December 1964 as a result of a merger between two very long established clubs; Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club founded in 1878, and Priory Lawn Tennis Club founded in 1875. This merger came about in May 1963 when a disastrous fire completely destroyed Priory’s clubhouse – hence the club’s logo is a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Many legends of tennis have graced the club’s courts over the years. The first Wimbledon ladies singles winner, Maud Watson, was a member of Edgbaston Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club. She brought the Wimbledon trophy back to Birmingham with her name engraved in 1885, and it is this trophy Aegon Classic winners have held aloft ever since.
Many more early Wimbledon winners perfected their strokes on the courts of the two clubs, among them Miss Joan Fry (Wimbledon ladies Singles finalist in 1925) and Dorothy Round (1934 and 1937). In the 20th century Fred Perry, Dan Maskell (for many years the BBC’s voice of Wimbledon), Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova played at the Club and more recently Maria Sharapova, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski.
Edgbaston Priory Club is a very different place today than it was in the 1880s. Set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds just five minutes from Birmingham’s vibrant city centre, the club now boasts 32 tennis courts offering a variety of playing surfaces, including a new six-court indoor tennis centre and the Ann Jones Centre Court which hosts international tournaments such as the Aegon Classic.
There are also 10 squash courts, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools open all year round, an outside spa, and a fitness suite including a gym and exercise studio that enjoys panoramic views over the grounds.
The new clubhouse opened in 2013 offers members luxurious new changing rooms together with a sports bar, outdoor patio area, bistro, family lounge area and private function suite for private and club functions, catering for up to 120 people.
It is these world-class facilities combined with a prestigious history that attracts so many new members and exponents of tennis and squash to the club.
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