"It is an honour for me to carry on the legacy of Mayfair Clubs. I am so proud of how far Mayfair has come and that our clubs continue to be welcoming spaces for many individuals and families to enjoy active living and sport! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Mayfair. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this incredible milestone."
- Melissa Raghurai. President and CEO
Like-minded business partners and avid tennis fans open the doors to the first Mayfair Club in the city of Toronto. The new club, Mayfair North, was located at Yonge and Doncaster, and included 4 indoor tennis courts. There was a membership waiting list to join on opening day.
The business model worked so well that a second club Mayfair West was built two years later. This new club included both tennis courts and squash courts and was located on Chesswood Avenue in North York.
With the success of the North and West Clubs, Mayfair decided to open a third club in Thornhill, located at Steeles and Leslie. This club included 16 outdoor courts, a pool, club house, and snack bar and was named the Mayfair Valley Club. It was Mayfair Clubs only outdoor club.
Mayfair Clubs starts to provide members with additional services like weight training and fitness classes.
To keep up with increasing market demand for indoor tennis courts, a strategic decision was made to close the Mayfair Valley Club to open another facility with indoor courts. Located at Steelcase and Woodbine in Markham, the new club, Mayfair Parkway included indoor tennis courts, as well as squash and racquetball facilities. Mayfair Clubs also begins to open its facilities as host to various tennis and squash tournaments.
As Mayfair Clubs membership continued to expand, interest for indoor facilities to host various national and provincial tournaments also increased. Hence Mayfair East, an additional club was added on Esna Park in Markham. The new club included 10 new indoor courts and 4 international squash courts.
Noticing a demand for indoor courts in the downtown core, Mayfair Clubs decided to close the Mayfair North location. A new downtown club, Mayfair Lakeshore, was opened on Lakeshore Boulevard East. The new facility included 12 indoor tennis courts and became the first private club in Canada to have 14 international glass-backed squash courts. The new facility also boasted an indoor swimming pool for the first time in Mayfair Clubs history.
Throughout the 80s, Mayfair Clubs becomes a community hub for individuals and families seeking healthy lifestyles. Together with members, Mayfair hosted various tennis and squash tournaments at the local, provincial and national level as well as multiple events for various charitable organizations and causes.
Mayfair Clubs has supported growing Canadian talent and is recognized as an official Tennis Development Centre in demonstrating a commitment in helping junior tennis flourish in Canada.
Throughout the 90s, Mayfair Clubs undergoes a series of renovations to modernize its facilities to become a full-service club offering fitness and other health-based services. Several tennis courts are converted into saltwater pools.
Full-service restaurants, spa and massage therapy services are introduced at all clubs. Wellness services like physiotherapy, chiropractic care, naturopathy, nutrition and sports medicine are also introduced. Kidspace, a service to provide care for children, is also introduced at Mayfair Lakeshore, with the West and Parkway following soon after.
In 2009, Mayfair Clubs is awarded the Outstanding Loyalty Award to The Canadian Open (Now named The Rogers Cup) and significant contribution to tennis development over the past 25 years from Tennis Canada. In 2010, Mayfair Clubs is presented with a 'Special Recognition Award' from Tennis Canada to honour Mayfair's efforts and dedication to the sport of tennis in Canada.
Mayfair Clubs is awarded the Corporate Special Achievement Award from Squash Ontario. Mayfair Clubs is considered a hub of squash in Canada and often sets the bar for coaching and sport training. Mayfair Clubs is also home to the Canadian Squash Hall of Fame.
The MTPL is the only Professional Tennis prize money league in all of Canada. It includes 52 of GTA’s top tennis professionals, former NCAA & CIS players, and the occasional ATP player. All matches are hosted at the Mayfair Lakeshore facility.
Mayfair Clubs continues to make upgrades to their facilities to keep up with market demand.