A TENNIS club may be forced to close after 58 years because of falling membership and rising vandalism.

Tongham Tennis Club will shut its doors and bring down the nets at the end of March if the situation does not improve.

The committee stood down at last Tuesday’s AGM, frustrated at the lack of support from the local community.

They have decided that if no alternative solutions are found by March 13, the club will be disbanded.

The committee has been exploring its options, including a merger with other clubs.

Committee chairman, Andy Hollands, said: “We currently run two sides for men and one ladies’ team and would like to find a way of keeping the members together if possible.

“Unfortunately, despite sending letters to 2,500 local residents and businesses last summer, we have attracted only one new member.

“Other long-standing members have also moved away from the area, leaving an administrative black hole.”

The club has 40 members, cash assets of around £3,000, and three courts with a lease, which can either be terminated or renewed later this year.

Mr Hollands said that mindless vandalism had added to the problem.

“Destruction of the club-house before Christmas hasn’t helped.

“The committee would very much like to hear from anyone interested in joining, rejuvenating and administering the club.

“If we are unsuccessful the club will close after 58 years.”

For more information about the club, contact the chairman at andy.hollands@btopenworld.com.