Mary played the game at “Clermont”, her family’s house with a large flat lawn in Paget parish in Bermuda. In 1874 Mary returned from Bermuda aboard the ship “S.S. Canima” and introduced lawn tennis to the United States. She set up the first tennis court in the United States on the grounds of the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club, which was near where the Staten Island Ferry Terminal is today. The club was founded on or about March 22, 1872. She played the first tennis game in the US against her sister Laura in Staten Island, New York, on an hourglass-shaped court.
This piece of Staten Island history deserves a cool shirt!
Le Royale Tennis is made possible (in part) by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.