Longfellow opened for business in September of 1972 with four indoor tennis courts. It was an immediate hit and grew rapidly during the tennis boom of the early 1970s. The club quickly added two more indoor courts and four indoor/outdoor courts under an air structure. Due to increased competition coupled with a decreased demand for tennis, by 1980 membership dropped and the club experienced financial challenges.
As fate would have it, also in September 1972, Laury Hammel created the largest junior program and tennis instructional business in New England at an indoor tennis club in Newton. Two years later Laury moved his tennis business to Watertown where Laury’s tennis programs continued to grow rapidly. In 1978 he began working with Myke Farricker.