The first International Exhibition in Barcelona, held in 1898, had much to do with the birth of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. The industrial and commercial boom generated by the event attracted many foreign families who moved to the city. The result was the rising number of sports fans who yet enjoyed enormous prestige in their countries of origin.
Only one year later, in 1899, coinciding with the foundation of FC Barcelona by Swiss Hans Gamper, many English families – the Witty, Parsons, Leask, Park, Shields or Bartows – established the Lawn Tennis Club Barcelona, as it was formerly named, under the chairmanship of Great Britain’s Consul in April, laying the foundations for one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, the Trofeo Conde de Godó, now Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
The rising number of members over the years forced the club to move the headquarters from Calle Ganduxer to its current location in Pedralbes.
The tournament Trofeo Conde de Godó was inaugurated in the 50’s, in the 60’s the center court turned out to be the talisman for the Spanish Davis Cup Team and later the club established the first tennis school on Spanish soil. In 1999 the Real Club Tenis Barcelona celebrated 100 years and was recognized by His Majesty the King Juan Carlos I.
The 21st Century brings new improvements for the members with the inauguration of a huge Sports Center (2009) and new private parking.