Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Morgan Tennis Court
By 1905, tennis was gaining popularity on the island over hunting. Robert Pruyn, chairman of the committee on golf and sports, said, "For two years, tennis has been the most popular outdoor sport," and requested additional courts to be constructed.
This indoor tennis court, named for Club President J.P. Morgan Jr. (below left), was completed in 1930, and several lively tournaments were played here from 1934 to the close of the Club.
Bernon S. Prentice, Club President and Davis Cup Captain (below right), was usually found here. His participation in the tournaments helped them gain national recognition and attracted many tennis celebrities to Jekyll Island.
Did you know? In 1941, members were charged $5 an hour to use the court at night in order to cover the cost of electricity.
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
Location. 31° 3.475′ N, 81° 25.246′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Plantation Road and Pier Road, on the right when traveling north on Old Plantation Road. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk directly in front of the Morgan Tennis Court entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Old Plantation Road, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Men of Means (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Skeet House (about 400 feet away); Fairbank Cottage Site (about 400 feet away); A Winter City (about 500 feet away); The Clubhouse (about 500 feet away); First Transcontinental Call (about 500 feet away); Childhood in an Island Paradise (about 500 feet away); The Infirmary / Furness Cottage (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Regarding Morgan Tennis Court. The Morgan Tennis Court is part of the Jekyll Island Historic District.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Historic District
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1. Morgan Tennis Courts. This was the scene of many important tournaments. As a prime sport, tennis was established in 1911 when Richard Crane placed his cup for a mixed doubles handicap. This tournament was played during March. JP Morgan Jr. was key seeing the building and courts were erected after the Tennis Committee gave the go ahead for its construction. Its exterior is covered with cypress singles. The Annual Invitation Men's Doubles Round Robin was established in 1936, with a cup offered each year by Alanson B. Houghton, former Ambassador to London and Berlin. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Jekyll Island Authority officially reopens historic tennis center (2010). Built in 1929, the center was the second indoor tennis court on the island and was later named to honor J.P. Morgan Jr. for his support of sports there and his chairmanship of the Jekyll Island Club. When the center was closed in 2001, its skylights were leaking and termites had eaten away at some of its timbers. As of 2010, it is restored in excellent condition and accessible and available to the public as a banquet hall and conference center. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. J.P. Morgan Jr. Born on September 7, 1867, in Irvington, New York, John Pierpont Morgan Jr. succeeded his father as the head of the family banking firm. After his father died in 1913, J.P. Morgan Jr. inherited nearly $50 million and became the head of J.P. Morgan & Company. While he was a successful financier on his own terms, Morgan is best remembered as the son of the business giant and the continuation of a banking dynasty. (Submitted on March 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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