All Iowa Lawn Tennis

 Grass Court for All at All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club

Pictured are members of the 2018-2019 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota women’s varsity tennis team and Mark Kuhn

Pictured are members of the 2018-2019 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota women’s varsity tennis team and Mark Kuhn

By: Laura Sonday

Right after Wimbledon, and in the midst of the only grass court tournament in North America, the Hall of Fame Open, I wanted to share what it’s like to play on grass.

A lot of people stereotype Iowa as just corn fields, but it looks like we might have to change our tune. Well, I guess we don’t have to totally change it, as the home of the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club on the farm of Mark and Denise Kuhn has a corn field, also. 

I played tennis in college, and when a few of my teammates were getting married in the summer of 2018, our team decided a unique tennis outing was in order the day before the wedding. 

One of my teammates called Mark Kuhn, and got us court time to play on this “court of dreams”. He was more than happy to let us play. 

What is it like to play on grass, you ask? Well, if you’ve watched any on TV, you have the balls bouncing quickly, players sliding, and chalk flying. I got as close to this as you can get on at the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club. 

I’ll admit that most of my teammates were better at it than me. I’ve torn my ACL before and I was not willing to risk that again by tripping over my own feet! Sorry for anyone else that’s torn their ACL, you’re probably having PTSD right now. 

It was sweltering hot, but it was more than worth it. There was a white picket fence surrounding the court, Wimbledon like signage displaying “All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club” and even an umpire’s chair. No detail was left out. 

So, before your next drive to or through Iowa, stop before you say “it’s just corn fields” and instead say, “It’s just corn fields, oh, AND there’s also the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club”.

And no, I didn’t eat any of the grass like Novak does after his Wimbledon wins!