Biggest Tennis Nut
by Rich Neher
Many great tennis players
were born in Argentina. Most recently it was Juan Martin del
Potro, David Nalbandian, and Gisela Dulko making headlines on
the professional tour. Going back in history there were Gabriela
Sabatini and the great Guillermo Vilas, amongst many others.
But there is only one Argentinean tennis player who was ever
declared Americas biggest tennis nut by Tennis
Magazine (1988), and that is Horacio Tamborini. If you wonder
why, just look at his swimming pool in his Arcadia, CA home.
It is shaped like a tennis racquet and a ball, created by the
same guy who made Liberaces piano-shaped pool.
Horacio Tamborini is the
owner and Director of the Flint Canyon Tennis Club in La Canada,
CA, just a few miles north of Glendale. He bought this club in
1999, after a very successful six years of turning the then abandoned
courts at the Los Angeles County-owned Whittier Narrows Tennis
Center into a thriving tennis community with 3,200 players. Tamborini
jumped into this risky business even after tennis honoraries
like Jack Kramer and Jim Hillman took a good look at Whittier
Narrows and declined to get involved. The Pied Piper of
Tennis (Tennis Magazine) was guided by his credo Tennis
for all and by his unconditional love for tennis.
Flint Canyon Tennis Club
is a private, member based, facility with 13 courts, recently
outfitted with new super bright lights which, according to the
clubs web site is
almost like playing in the
daylight. After successfully fighting a suitor who wanted
to buy the club and turn it into soccer fields some years ago,
Tamborini turned it into another thriving tennis organization.
The club is run by him, his wife and daughter, and another half
dozen tennis pros. He states that he is glad he went into the
tennis club business, despite a myriad of challenges and lots
of hard work.
Tennis Magazine crowned
Horatio Tamborini Americas biggest tennis nut for the
with which he plays the game, his exuberance in bringing it to
others, and his craziness in devoting much of his California
acreage to the sport of tennis.