Many great tennis players were born in Argentina. Most recently it was Juan Martin del Potro, David Nalbandian, and Gisela Dulko making headlines on the professional tour. Going back in history there were Gabriela Sabatini and the great Guillermo Vilas. But there is only one Argentinean tennis player who was every declared “America’s biggest tennis nut” by Tennis Magazine in 1988, and that is Horacio Tamborini. If you wonder why, just look at his swimming pool in his Arcadia, CA home. It is shaped like a tennis racquet and a ball, created by the same guy who made Liberace’s piano-shaped pool.
The Tamborini family: Christina, Carla, Horacio
Horacio Tamborini is the owner and Director of the Flint Canyon Tennis Club in La Canada, CA, just a few miles north of Glendale. He bought this club in 1999, after a very successful six years of turning the then abandoned courts at the Los Angeles County-owned Whittier Narrows Tennis Center into a thriving tennis community with 3,200 players. Tamborini jumped into this risky business even after tennis honoraries like Jack Kramer and Jim Hillman took a good look at Whittier Narrows and declined to get involved. The “Pied Piper of Tennis” (Tennis Magazine) was guided by his credo “Tennis for all” and by his unconditional love for tennis.
Flint Canyon Tennis Club is a private, member based, facility with 13 courts, recently outfitted with new super bright lights which, according to the club’s web site is “…almost like playing in the daylight.” After successfully fighting a suitor who wanted to buy the club and turn it into soccer fields some years ago, Tamborini turned it into another thriving tennis organization. The club is run by him, his wife and daughter, and another half dozen tennis pros. He states that he is glad he went into the tennis club business, despite a myriad of challenges and lots of hard work.
Tennis Magazine crowned Horatio Tamborini America’s biggest tennis nut for the “…passion with which he plays the game, his exuberance in bringing it to others, and his craziness in devoting much of his California acreage to the sport of tennis.”
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