L'Hirondelle Club of Ruxton clubhouse

Racquet Sports

paddle tennis courtRacquet sports has been at the center of our Club’s sporting activities for close to 100 years. L’Hirondelle provides the top year-round, private country club racquet facilities in Maryland. Our 2 acre racquet facility includes:

  • 15 Har-Tru clay tennis courts, four of which are lighted for premium evening play.
  • Six lighted platform tennis (paddle) courts.
  • A full service tennis and paddle pro shop offering the latest equipment and clothing lines.

The combination of the facilities and tennis professional staff, allows L’Hirondelle to play host to a dynamic competitive and social tennis experience for the whole family.

Our Director of Racquet Sports – Tony James

tennis playerOriginally from New Zealand, Tony graduated from the University of Maryland after receiving a full tennis scholarship. As a player, Tony was the winner of 15 Mid-Atlantic and Maryland State titles.

After his competitive playing days were over, Tony turned his attention to coaching and working with players of all ability levels. Tony’s proud coaching moments include:

  • Being awarded the prestigious Maury Schwartzman Award for Player Development by the USTA’s Maryland District in 2004. This award embodies dedication over the years to the tennis teaching profession with an emphasis on developing junior players.
  • In 2003 Tony coached the Mid-Atlantic USTA 3.5 Men's National championship winning team.

Despite leading all aspects of the Club’s racquet program, Tony’s passion is teaching and developing the players within L’Hirondelle’s tennis and paddle community.