Midtown Tennis Club to make way for new construction

New York is losing a little bit of history with the closing of the Midtown Tennis Club, at 341 Eighth Ave., to make way for 335 Eighth Ave., a new seven-story mixed-use building with 200 affordable housing units.

Retired publicist Sy Presten — who recently celebrated his 97th birthday — played there often and won many tournaments there.

He tells Gimme that while at the club, he once asked tennis legend Pete Sampras if he knew what “triskaidekaphobia” — extreme fear of the number 13 — meant as he was seeking his 13th Grand Slam title.

“Pete said he didn’t,” says Presten, who also recalls seeing tennis champ Mats Wilander playing left handed against a pal to make it “partially level and more fun.”

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