Dwindling member numbers and inconsistent players have led to the Kempsey Tennis Club facing the possibility of folding.
Kempsey Tennis Club president Ben Bailey and committee member Sean O'Leary are holding an emergency meeting at the clubhouse on Thursday January 30 at 6pm in attempt to give the sport a lifeline in town.
"Our members and regular player numbers have been on a steady decline for the past few years and it's now put the tennis club in a position where we might have to close," Bailey told the Argus.
"If people want a tennis club to remain in Kempsey, they will need to get involved, spread the word that we need more players and be consistent.
"We are hoping the meeting will spark the interest of old members and local people who want to get their children into tennis to sign up, be members and be consistent players - that's what we need."
While O'Leary admits returning Kempsey Tennis Club to its glory days will be a long shot, the lifelong player at the local courts would be upset to see it no longer viable.
"In the golden years of tennis in the Macleay there were 15 clubs and people packing out the courts every weeknight and weekend," O'Leary said.
"Now there's only really Crescent Head, South West Rocks and us and it would be a real shame if we were forced to close.
"The Kempsey residents would have to travel out of town to participate in tennis and we don't want it to come to that."
The Kempsey Tennis Club is currently running a mixed organised social night on Wednesday and a ladies social night on Thursday.
However, there is currently no coaching provided at the Kempsey courts but the pair are hopeful that will change in the near future.
A working bee to clean up the Kempsey Tennis Courts will start at 8am on Saturday February 1.