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On the Road: All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club brings Wimbledon to Charles City

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As tennis fans around the world tune into coverage of Wimbledon, some area youth tennis players recently got a taste for the grass court event... but in Iowa. 

The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club is located a few miles south of Charles City on the Kuhn family farm. It is the only regulation grass court in the state. 

Owner Mark Kuhn hosted the second annual Alex J. Kuhn Memorial Junior Team Tennis Iowa-Minnesota Team Challenge on July 7th.

The event invites some of the best young competitors in Minnesota and pits them against top-level players in Iowa. 

"It's really slippery. The ball bounces quicker," said Iowa player Anthony Schulte.

Flying the Union Jack, the event offers the players a taste of the real Wimbledon experience.

Many consider Wimbledon to be one of the most prestigious tennis events in the world. 

"Especially during Wimbledon, it's so much fun to see these kids get out here and see how well they adapt," Kuhn said. 

The irony isn't lost on Kuhn. Much like the Iowa baseball field in the film "Field of Dreams," Kuhn's "Court of Dreams" draws crowds.

"This is one of the few places you can play grass court tennis in the Midwest, and so, it's a bit of an attraction," said Kuhn.

He explained that the Charles City community has embraced the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, as it draws people to the area who might not otherwise visit.

It has been a part of the area since 2003. 

This year, the tournament did not only pit the states against each other. The first match of the day was a sibling rivalry. 

Iowa brothers Anthony, 10, and Dylan Schulte, 7, took on Rochester sisters Claire, 11, and Aoife Loftus, 9.

There is a lot of work that goes into being a good doubles team, just like there's a lot of work to get the grass court ready for play.

Kuhn said he puts in at least 7 hours of work on it week. 

"Like this morning, I'd mow it and then put on a fresh coat of lines just for today," he said.

He said it is worth it to share the game he loves.

Team Schulte wound up winning the first match of the day, but Team Minnesota won the tournament.

Minnesota players won five of seven matches. 

The tournament honors Kuhn's son who died two years ago. 

The facility accepts reservations for those who may be interested in playing.

You may contact the All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club here

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