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Tennis Australia Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Australia is the governing body for the sport of tennis in Australia. The organisation exists to promote tennis and conduct domestic and international tournaments on behalf of Australia, including the Australian Open and the Davis Cup for the Australian Davis Cup Team. Tennis has been played in Australia from around 1877, but it was not until 1904, in preparation for the Davis Cup, that the sport began to organise, with the founding of Tennis Australia's predecessor, the Australasian Lawn Tennis Association. In 2005 TA celebrated its centenary, and that of its first event – the Australian Open. The organisation is currently based in at Melbourne Park.

There are around 6,000 catalogued items in the Tennis Australia heritage collections, and an estimated 2,000 uncatalogued items. The collections include a large amount of tennis equipment dating from the late 19th Century to today including around 4,000 tennis racquets, plus hundreds of balls, racquet-presses, nets, clothing and other equipment which represent the immense changes in technology and materials over a century. They can also tell interesting stories of major manufacturers and champion athletes that made, used and endorsed tennis equipment. Some items are extremely rare, such as handmade wood inlay racquets from the 1860s to be used in the sport that was precursor to modern tennis, known as 'real tennis'. Another fine piece is a large leather and wood banner, c.1900 which was an early advertisement for important tennis equipment manufactures Wright & Ditson.

The collection also includes thousands of photographs and newspaper articles relating to the sport of tennis in Australia and Australian players playing overseas. And it includes rare and important original tickets, programmes and memorabilia from very early Davis Cup and Australian Open matches (1900 to 1960). A fine example of original photographs is the album of pictures created by Eleanor Hopman in 1938 to document herself and other Australian women players travelling to play in England, accompanied on part of the journey by the Australian Cricket team, including Don Bradman. The collection also includes a few thousand journals, magazines, reference books and rare books, dating as far back as the 1870s all relating to tennis.

Also in the collection are hundreds of items which depict or celebrate the sport of tennis, including fine antique jewelry, fine art, decorative art and popular prints and cartoons. Stand-out pieces include a 18th Century oil painting of an English aristocrat and a circa-1870s stained glass panel depicting early tennis, part of a pair, with the other half housed in the Wimbledon Museum collection, UK. Also interesting is a sub-collection of tennis-themed games, from well-preserved 19th Century parlour games to a 1970s pinball machine.

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Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne Park Melbourne 3000

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Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard Melbourne Park Melbourne Victoria

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Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Chris Evert, Miss Chris tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features model name. Base of shaft and butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features quatrefoil perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Paint, Plastic, Ribbon, Adhesive tape

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'DAYS OF GRACE: A MEMOIR'. Hardcover with dust jacket and plastic covering . Copyrighted 1993. Ex-library book - Spokane Library stamps and labels throughout. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard, Plastic

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'Pancho Segura Autograph Model' wood tennis racquet. Ribbon reinforcements around shoulders and shaft. Model name & endorser signature printed across throat. Manufacturer's name printed across base of head. Grip wrapped with perforated leather. White butt cloth. Wreathed 'S" logo embroidered on butt cloth and printed on shaft. Red plastic reinforcement around shaft. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Leather, Ribbon, Cloth, Thread

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

French Open Quotidien Officiale: 07/06/1991 Materials: Paper, Ink

Prize cup

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver prize cup. Inscr: 'INTERNATIONALES/TENNIS TURNIER/BADEN BADEN 1951/ROBERT VON FICHARD WANDERPREIS DES/ TENNIS CLUBS "ROT-WEISS" BADEN BADEN/ HERREN-EINZEL/SIEGER 1949 WILLI STINGEL, DEUTSCHLAND/SIGER 1950 JAROSLAW DROBNY AGYPTEN'. Stamped in base '835'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup Quarter Final 1984; Australia vs Italy Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop X-10 Squash, squash racquet. Racquet primarily comprises of a frame made from a singular piece of tubular metal, secured by a plastic bridge across the throat, and the hardened plastic handle below. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Synthetic material, Ink, Adhesive tape, Enamel, Nylon

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two copies of September 3, 1956 issue of Sports Illustrated. Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger Panther Club squash racquet. Racquet primarily comprises of a frame made from a singular piece of tubular metal, secured by a plastic bridge across the throat, and the hardened plastic handle below. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Synthetic material, Ink, Nylon

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An A.R.Co. Crown tennis racquet, with fibreglass and hide shoulder reinforcements, bamboo laminated shaft, and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Leather, Plastic, Adhesive tape, String, Fibre, Fibreglass, Bamboo, Hide

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden, slotted handle racquet with a 14 inch head. Inscription across neck of obverse: DREADNOUGHT/DRIVER/... Inscription across neck of reverse: HARRY C. LEE & CO/NEW YORK. Company logo 'LEE' is stamped on leather butt cap. Manufacturing and patent information along the sides of the handle, with size and production numbers punched in. A blue and yellow lozenge shaped sticker below the neck on reverse features information of racquet gut manufacturer. Materials: Wood, Leather, Metal, Gut, Glue, Lacquer, Paper, Ink, String

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Program: Davis Cup: Australia v India Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

12 issues of 'World Tennis' magazine, dating from 1986. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Number 157/500 of a limited edition print series, of an original oil painting entitled 'Tennis in the Park', by Raymond Sipos, in 1976. The artwork features a number of male and female spectators, in 19th century dress, watching a game of mixed doubles being played on a grass court, in an open park. The print has been personally numbered and signed by the artist, along the lower border. Materials: Paper, Ink, Graphite

, Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Original studio portrait photograph of woman holding a tennis racquet resting on her elbow. Lower panel of frame has relief molding of a tennis racquet. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion, Glass, Wood, Cardboard, Ink

Net post

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Single wood post, unknown origin. Materials: Wood

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two issues of 'Australian Tennis', dating from 1950. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A WIlson 'T2000' model tennis racquet, with open throat & shaft. Strung using suspension system with metal wire spiral-wrapped around entire head edge. Handle wrapped in (non-original) fluorescent yellow foam tape; plastic butt cap. Manufacturer 'W' logo on base of shaft; triangle and 'T' logo sprayed onto net. Materials: Metal, Adhesive tape, Foam tape, Ink, Plastic

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'The Greenwood' transitional flat-top tennis racquet, featuring: solid convex throat; and, cross-hatched handle. Decal of Spalding logo in wreathed ball trademark features on throat on obverse. Decal of model name features across crown, on obverse. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Ink, Gut, Leather

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed can of three Slazenger (U.K.) 'Nylon-Armoured' tennis balls. Key winder attached to lid. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Strata-Jet racquet, with red-painted open throat, glass-fibre throat collar, rawhide reinforced shoulders, a Balmforth Fairway leather grip, and white cloth butt cover with red-stitched 'W' trademark. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Leather, Adhesive tape, Paint, Ink, Fibreglass, Hide, String, Cloth

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Black and white photographic print of four tennis players at the net on a tennis court. Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final 1934. Handwritten on back of print: 'Dorothy Round, Eileen Whittingstall, Bunny Austin, Miki''. Actually it is Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, not Whittingstall, and Miki is Ryuki Miki, Japanese player. Miki and Round were victorious. Part of collection of photos taken/owned by Australian player D.P. Turnbull - found in collection in a vinyl album marked 'Photos by D P Turnbull'.. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Fort All Court', tennis ball, with Perrier advertisement. Autograph, in blue marker, reads: WIMBLEDON/2000/ROSS/CASE. Materials: Rubber, Felt, Ink

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Colour photograph of Chris Evert playing a backhand shot at Australian Open. Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with a convex throat. Throat of obverse features the Horsman 'centaur' trademark in black and gold. Unique for stringing arrangement and distinct 'sweet spot' at centre of racquet. Materials: Wood, Gut, Metal, Lacquer, Leather, Cloth tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding "Top-Flite Professional" model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders and shaft. Has leather wrapped handle and leather butt cloth. Manufacturer name features across base of head. Model name and triple triangle symbol feature across throat. Wreathed 'S' symbole features on lower shaft and on butt cloth. Clear plastic packaging wrap still on handgrip. 'Wilson Chamionship'-branded stringing. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Leather, Vinyl, Ink, String, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Paint

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An Andreef 'Speedshaft' tennis racquet with large open throat. Plastic whipping and reinforcements around shoulders. Nylon whipping around base of throat. Handle grip and butt cloth. Model name painted across throat on both sides of racquet. Decal stating 'AA" on shaft on reverse. Endorsement: 'FRANK L. KOVACS 2ND/PERSONAL MODEL' painted onto shaft on obverse. Painted on crown on obverse: PLASTIC BOUND PAT. CONSTRUCTION. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Metal, Glue, String, Ink, Leather, Plastic, Nylon

Chest

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An empty chest, originally housing a lawn tennis and badminton set. Black and green lithographic print features couples playing mixed doubles tennis and badminton in Cassiobury Park, with Cassiobury House in the background. Inscription: THE CASSIOBURY GAMES OF/BADMINTON AND GARDEN TENNIS/LONDON/DEAN & SON 160 FLEET STREET. The hourglass court used in Wingfield's version of lawn tennis is depicted in this lithograph. Materials: Wood, Metal, Ink, Glue, Paint, Paper, Lacquer

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson, Mary Hardwick Valiant tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features decal head and neck illustration of Hardwick. Lower shaft and plastic butt cap features red 'W' trademark. Shaft features two stylised starburst devices between model name 'VALIANT' printed in cursive script. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Ribbon, Plastic

Napkin ring

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver-plated napkin ring with racquet motif. Materials: Silver/Metal