Algonquin Tennis Club History
In the late 1960's there were very few indoor
tennis facilities in southern NH. Many local player's played on the tiled floor in the gymnasium of
St. Francis of Assisi's Church. Roger Brassard, Al Dupont and Judge Martin Loughlin
were the prime organizers who set out to build what is now
Algonquin Indoor Tennis Center, Inc.
Mr. Brassard oversaw the project and our
current lounge area is dedicated in his name. Eighty shares were
sold for $2,000.00 each. Twenty associate memberships were also sold
to help defray expenses. There was a group of local tournament
players, including Don Richer, Frank Churas,
Marty Loughlin, Al Dupont,
Roger Brassard, Gary Lewis, Dr. Phil Desilets,
Norm Gagnon, Grail O'Connor, Steve Kehas, John
Graf, Armand Bouchard and John Reilly who purchased shares. There was
also a local group from Sudden Pitch, including Attorney Bill Green, Carl
Noyes, Charlotte Eastman, Bob Hamel, Andy Wilson, Carol & Bob
Fournier, Richard Winneg, Frank Crowley and Dr.
Milton Utell who purchased shares.
The original courts were Uniturf,
which were later replaced with the surface that we have now. T5
lighting is currently being used. Algonquin hosts tennis socials, NE
Tournaments, and USTA team tennis leagues.
A highlight for the Club in 1976 was hosting the final
Volvo International Tennis Tournament (Now Connecticut Open) that was
rained out in North Conway featuring Jimmy Connors versus Paul Anacomb! Algonquin is a non-profit tennis
organization dedicated to serving the needs of its members and their