The Heritage of Manker Patten
Manker Patten Tennis Club was incorporated in 1979. It has had a long association with Chattanooga tennis and the University of Chattanooga that began well before that time, dating to as early as the 1930’s.
David Manker Patten, considered by some as “Mr. Tennis” in Chattanooga in the early twentieth century, was a star tennis player in college and afterward, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee.
Alex Guerry was considered the driving force behind the development of tennis in Chattanooga and Tennessee’s first entrant in the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. Alex led efforts to build numerous tennis facilities, including Manker Patten Tennis Center. The latest addition to our club, the Zan Guerry Clubhouse, is a state-of-the-art facility completed in 2007 and dedicated to Alex’s son, Zan Guerry.
Zan has had a long and stellar tennis career. He has won 20 USTA National junior and senior championships, was a four time NCAA All American at Rice University and a member of the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame
Beyond Chattanooga, the club has a rich and powerful heritage in southern and national tennis history; Of the 58 members of the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, six are members or professionals at our Club. Manker Patten Tennis Club has hosted many national level tournaments. Such notables as Jimmy Connors, Brian Gottfried, Bob Lutz and Dick Stockton have played at Manker Patten.