Driving past the Claremont Club is a somber sight these days. A once thriving club now sits unoccupied with no members being welcomed in. Instead, signs cover the gates read "Save the Claremont Club." The facility closed its doors on August 1 due to substantial financial losses from COVID-19.
Staring at the locked gates that separate me from the tennis courts I grew up playing on, memories come flooding in. This was where I joined other top junior players for clinics and competed in team and national events. It's where my coaches watched me grow up. It's where my sister took lessons after I went to compete at Baylor University. The club offered so much both on the court and off it.