The Westchester County Tennis League was founded in 1924 with limited competition among several lower Westchester clubs. From these humble beginnings, the WCTL has expanded to include about twenty clubs, many fielding more than one team. The League is divided into four competitive Regular Season Divisions comprised of 32 teams of eleven tennis players each that play in the spring and a summer Senior Ciruit. The Regular Season Divisions play three singles and four doubles matches each week.
This accounts for the whereabouts of some 352 tennis players on almost every Sunday afternoon in the spring.
Over the years the League grew from its original two divisions, Rough and Smooth. Glossy was added in 1990; Semi-Rough in 1996 and Abrasive in 2012.
A Senior Circuit, for players age 50-and-over
began in the mid 1990's at the urging of longtime league competitor Lee Gunst. Competition was such a great success that it officially became part of the WCTL in 2000. Lee passed away in 2001, and in recognition of his contributions to the WCTL, the two divisions in the senior league were named Lee and Gunst.
Several members of
the Eastern Tennis Umpires Association have helped to develop rules and
regulations that the League has abided by over the years. Mr. J. Ellis
Grell assisted the League from 1987 thru 1994, and Mr. Paul Molloy refereed
the league from 1982 through 1986. However, it was top umpire Mr. Jack
Stahr who most players remember as a beloved despot of the League from
1952 until his death in 1981. He was forever honored in 1982 when the
League team-captains named the League Doubles Championship the 'Jack Stahr
Memorial Tournament' played every summer.
ranked players have participated in Westchester County Tennis League competition,
including Bailey Brown, Zan Carver. John Mangan, Ed Tarrangioli, and Bill
We are still gathering
information about the history of the League and would appreciate if anyone
having information, especially about the early years, or old photos contact
Chris Tully or Jerry Rosenblum.
Current member clubs
include Amackassin Club, Ardsley Country Club, Armonk
Tennis Club, Beach Point Club, Bronxville Field Club, County Tennis Club,
Coveleigh Club, Fox Meadow Tennis Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Manursing
Island Club, Pleasantville Tennis Club, Pound Ridge Tennis Club, New Rochelle Tennis Club, New
York Athletic Club, Orienta Beach Club, Pelham Country Club, The Racquet Club of Yonkers, and the Shenorock Shore Club.