BRTC was established in 1957. The club’s formative years were housed in the second storey of the old football clubhouse, and BRTC quickly established itself as a club that focused on junior and family based tennis. Throughout the 60’s, 70’s and beyond Bentleigh Rec. fielded teams in winter and summer pennant and was a strong participant in what was at the time; the local Caulfield-Carrum and Southern Districts Tennis Associations. As an interesting aside both of these local associations are no longer running.
The club’s courts were used as the home courts for many Shell squad under age teams and this juniors focus also meant BRTC successfully hosted an annual junior tournament that attracted entrants from across the state. Past members of the club include leading Australian tennis administrator and former Australian Open tournament referee, Peter Bellenger. Bruce McLean was one of the early coaches at the club, and a past President. Bruce is still involved at BRTC today. A handful of younger members such as Genevieve Lorbergs, Timmy Karpinski and Lawrence Sciglitano – all coached by Jamie Parrott, have been awarded student athlete scholarships for tennis at US Colleges.
With a strong history, and a new drive toward junior participation, the BRTC again strives to be a vibrant part of Bentleigh’s sporting complex.
BRTC is a not for profit community based club with a long term lease from the City of Glen Eira. The club is affiliated with Tennis Australia, Tennis Victoria, Kingston Regional Schools Association, Bayside Tennis and the Moorabbin and District Junior Tennis Association.
The club leases its facilities from City of Glen Eira.