Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club (OULTC) is the home of tennis for Oxford University members. It was formed in 1879 and was initially located at Norham Gardens in North Oxford. The 'All England Men's Doubles Championships' were held in Oxford during the May Races from 1879 until 1883. In 1884 the Men's Doubles Championships moved to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. OULTC donated their challenge cup to the All England Lawn Tennis Club to be presented to the winners of the Men's Doubles, a tradition that continues to this day.
In 1926 OULTC moved from Norham Gardens to its current site at Iffley Road with the courts being officially opened in 1927. The club has remained there ever since and continues to prosper to this day under the leadership of current president, A H Billington BA.
We cater to all levels of tennis from people who have never touched a racquet before to players who are looking to develop their match play to players who have competed in national championships, represented their country and even played in junior grand slams. All Oxford University members, including faculty members and staff, are welcome to join as well as interested players who aren't affiliated with the university.
OULTC is based at the Roger Bannister Sporting Complex on Iffley Road (where to find us). We have four hard courts which are available for use all year and six grass courts that are used in the Summer months. Our clubhouse was built with club funds raised by former OULTC President Larry Bachmann. It is located next to the courts and is used to host club events, visiting teams and team meetings.
OULTC has three women's and three men's teams competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions. Along with the Men's Fourths these teams also compete in multiple fixtures throughout summer term which end with varsity matches against Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club (Challenge OULTC here). Our other teams and development squads train at least once a week as well as playing regular intrasquad matches. Off court, OULTC also has regular social events for its members and alumni ranging from team breakfasts to club dinners and trips to the pub.
Bob and Mike Bryan with the Wimbledon Men's Doubles Championship Trophy
More information about the Wimbledon trophies can be found here http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/atoz/trophies.html.
More details on the club's early history can be found here http://norham.org.uk/about/oxford-university-lawn-tennis-club-1879-1883 and here http://norham.org.uk/about/oxford-university-lawn-tennis-club-1893-1927.