How many years have you been a City Park Tennis Club member?
When you joined, how did you receive the membership information?
From then current members but more particular Peter Rhiel
What do you like best about the Club?
Sportsmanship, competitiveness, and yet friendly.
What is the greatest tennis match you ever saw in person?
Stefan Edberg vs. Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1993
Who is your all-time favorite professional tennis player?
Male is Pete Sampras and female is Chris Evert.
What is your educational background?
Four years at Jesuit High School; a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1951 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1952-both from Loyola University of New Orleans.
What is your profession?
Certified Public Accountant with Murphy, Whalen, and Broussard, L.L.C.
Have you participated in any CPTC -sponsored tournaments?
Yes many-Won “B” doubles club champion with my partner, Charles Turner, in 1989. Through the years I participated in many USTA sponsored tournaments, both locally and in the Southern District. At one point I was ranked 13th in the State of Louisiana in the men’s 35 singles. Through the various brackets from the ages of 35’s to the 70’s my partner, Charles Turner, and I consistently ranked in the top five men’s doubles in the State and one year ranked 14th in men’s doubles in the Southern District.
Buddy, you are the Club Secretary/Historian. Please share with us the history of the Cub?
Sure, I would be glad to:
Tennis has grown in City Park from a curious “attraction” in 1901 to a major enterprise. In 1922 the Park provided the public with seventeen courts- which had proven not to be sufficient for those who wanted to “play.”
The Park took an important step to booster tennis in the late twenties by encouraging the formation of the first club in 1928. Thirteen tennis enthusiasts organized the City Park Tennis Club on March 9, 1928, and elected as officers: Tennis Pro William Macassin, Frank R. Wood, Claude Viglia and Charles McCutcheon. By 1931 a charter membership of twenty-four increased to sixty.
Sometimes in the thirties the Club made an offer to the Park to guarantee the amount of $1,000.00 for the annual rental of six courts plus rental for three additional courts if the City Park Board would build more courts. The Board agreed to the offer and the nine courts were built at the cost of $9,000.00, six being assigned to the Tennis Club.
Today the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, officially opened March 24, 2011, is the largest tennis facility in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area with a 3700 sq. ft. Club House, 16 hard courts and 10 clay courts.