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Wimbledon of the West

By Linda Tancs

Southwest of Charles City, Iowa, is a patch of bent grass called the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club. If that term sounds vaguely familiar, then you’re probably thinking of the All England Club—that venerable institution in London hosting Wimbledon each year. Affectionately referred to as the Wimbledon of the West, the Iowan equivalent was conceived by Iowa farmer and tennis lover Mark Kuhn, who developed a faithful replication of Centre Court at the All England Club. Unlike its British counterpart, you don’t even have to be a pro to play. Just make a free reservation. The grounds are open from Memorial Day through September.


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