The Bellinzona Tennis Club was born on 9 June 1987 from the merger of the Colombaia Tennis Club and the Palestra Tennis Club, the two city clubs that since 1985 shared the spaces of the Municipal Tennis Center in via Brunari which, with its 8 courts, is one of the largest in the Canton of Ticino.
Since the establishment of the company, the organization of the course for beginners has been recurring, which for decades has attracted more than 150 young people from the region to our camps on Wednesday afternoons, advanced summer and winter courses (from September to June) and a summer training camp . The great enthusiasm of the masters who succeeded each other made it possible to obtain numerous successes, both individually and within the team youth championship, such as the Swiss titles in 1994 (cat. A female), 1999 (cat. B male ) and 2000 (cat. C female) and a dozen cantonal titles that have often allowed us to be the most represented club in the national finals.
There were also numerous successes in the Swiss interclub championship, with in particular the 5 prestigious national titles conquered by the first women's team, led by Marina Grassi Gemetti, in 1997, 1998 and 2000, 2008 and most recently that achieved on June 28, 2014 in the senior category. For years, other teams have had the honor of defending our colors nationally and of winning numerous cantonal category titles.
In 1992 the TCB with Franco Gervasoni and Massimo Santoro won the Ticino Cup. On an individual level, some players managed to enter the national rankings. We remember among the top 150 Swiss players Davide Bodero, Silvia Zanni, Marco Balconi, Franco Gervasoni, Mattia Casarotti and Branko Mladjan and the exceptional feat of Nina Buffi who reached the maximum ranking of N2. Of particular note are two medals won by our exponents at the Swiss junior championships: that of Massimo Santoro in the first category double in 1991 and that of Mattia Casarotti in the second category singles in 1995. The TCB has also had a great tradition on Cantonal plan in the organization of quality tournaments that are regularly appreciated by the numerous participants who return there every year (at the time they were the Carmine Cup at the beginning of the season, the main tournament of the month of June, the different tournaments in all age categories during the summer and at the Spaggiari tournament in September).
Currently the Pianezzi tournament at the end of April, the SWICA R1-R4 tournament at the end of June and the Africa tournament at the end of September. One of the most significant episodes in the history of the TCB is the memorable organization, in the summer of 1993, of the Swiss junior championships which has allowed us to have on our fields numerous young people who have been able to conquer international fame such as Patty Schnyder, Ivo Heuberger, George Bastl and the current champion Roger Federer, then 12 year old winner of the fourth category national title.
The TCB has 8 state-of-the-art red clay tennis courts like Red Plus. In 2008 the club carried out the long-awaited project to cover 4 playgrounds, covered by 2 pressostatic balls, which allow it to practice tennis. on the same surface throughout the year. The TCB now has 13 interclub teams that play in different national and regional categories.