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Clube de Ténis Civil de Macau celebrates 90 years

Written by Ben Blaschke

The Clube de Ténis Civil de Macau kicked off celebrations for its 90th anniversary over the weekend with a charity exhibition match at the club’s tennis court.

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Alexis Tam Chon Weng, ITF Young Seniors Team USA captain Michael Sheng Yang Chang, club life member Jose KM Tang and Macau tennis juniors national coach Gani Limbaga all took to the court for a friendly game of doubles before a charity sale of tennis merchandise was held to raise funds for the Macau Special Olympics.

SJM is title sponsor of the club’s 90th anniversary activities and SJM Managing Director Ms Angela Leong was on hand afterwards to present a cheque for MOP$43,920.

The activities are also aimed at promoting the club and therefore helping develop the growth of tennis in Macau.

Founded in 1926, the Clube de Ténis Civil de Macau is one of the few non-profit sports organizations in Macau which owns and manages its tennis courts. In the early years, its members consisted only of Portuguese officers but since the early 1970s the club has gradually opened its doors to Chinese members – becoming the most prominent tennis club in Macau with a background of rich Chinese and Portuguese heritage.

Today, membership has grown to approximately 400 with members including Chief Executive of the Macau SAR Mr Chui Sai On, former Chief Executive of the Macau SAR Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Dr Stanley Ho, Mr Chui Sai Cheong and the last Portuguese governor of Macau, General Vasco Rocha Vieira.