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Californian Maria Sanchez,
a former Women’s Tennis
Association top 100 player
and No. 1 player at the
University of Southern
California, could have
lived anywhere, but chose
Brevard, where she teaches
at Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
“I made good friends, loved it here and decided to
move to Satellite Beach,” Sanchez said.
Whenever tennis is discussed in Brevard, the
subject of Kiwi Tennis Club and its important
influence on the tennis scene invariably comes up.
Twenty-one years ago, entrepreneur, philanthropist
and tennis fanatic Ed Scott launched the
Indian Harbour Beach Club after tennis partner
Murray Lillie was ready to retire from his pro job.
Forget retirement, Scott suggested.
“Why don’t we build a tennis club?” Scott asked.
And they did, naming the club after Lillie’s and
Scott’s fathers’ New Zealand roots.
Unlike many clubs, Kiwi is inclusive, not exclusive,
with 37 membership tiers that make tennis
realistic for most budgets.
“There is no exclusivity and that is by design,”
Scott said. “It’s unusual.”
Kiwi’s affordability, its significant social
component, its training programs and its robust
slate of tournaments and exhibition games has
greatly benefited the sport’s development. >>
Kiwi Tennis Club’s affordable
membership tiers, a robust
training program and a slate
of tournaments and exhibition
games have greatly benefited
the development of tennis on
the Space Coast.
LISA DI CAPRIO