In 1872, a Tennis club was founded by Harry Gem in Leamington, England.
- Leamington Squash and Tennis | Club History
The Club is officially recognised as the world’s first lawn tennis club, founded in 1872 by Major Harry Gem some three years before the sport was introduced to Wimbledon. He had recently moved from Birmingham to Leamington, and was a keen member of the Real Tennis Club in Bedford Street.
- Harry Gem – Wikipedia
Major Thomas Henry Gem (21 May 1819 – 4 November 1881), known as Harry Gem, was an English lawyer, soldier, writer and sportsman. Alongside his friend Augurio Perera, he is credited as the earliest inventor of the game of lawn tennis.
- History of tennis – Wikipedia
The Championships, Wimbledon, were founded by the All England Club in 1877 to raise money for the club. The first Championships were contested by 22 men and the winner received a Silver Gilt Cup proclaiming the winner to be “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World”.
- The History of Tennis | AcademicHelp.net
In turn, by 1872, the first tennis club was founded by Harry Gem and Augurio Perera in England (Tyzack, Anna) and in 1873, and a British officer, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, patented a new game called “sticky” (E. M. Halliday).
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In 1872, the world’s first tennis club was founded by Englishman Harry Gem, his friend Augurio Perera, and some associates in Leamington Spa.