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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 Victoria
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Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A blue & white Yamaha 'YCR128' composite tennis racquet, featuring: single shaft; nylon net strings; red/black leather handle grip; black plastic shaft casing; and, black plastic butt cap. Handle covered with original clear plastic packaging wrap. Logo inlaid in silver on butt cap. Word: 'COMPOSITE' printed across throat. Model name printed on edge of shaft. Materials: Fibreglass, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Leather

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo featuring Lew Hoad Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Badge

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Button badge featuring image and name of Tim Henman Materials: Metal, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Mark 77 brand tennis racquet. West German. Reinforced stringing across centre of net. Aluminium frame. Fluorescent cloth tape along top of head with words 'Fischer Besaitungstechnik'. Materials: Metal, Nylon, Cloth tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Max LT' tennis racquet, with netting strings bearing inscription: 'TOA STRINGS LEOINA 86'. Materials: Graphite, Composite Materials, Paint, Plastic, Leather, Ink, Nylon, Adhesive tape

Prize dish

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver prize dish. Inscr: 'III PRIS DUBBELSPEL HERRAR O.DAMER, BASTAD 1939'. Base stamped: 'W.A.BOLIN..S..M8' Materials: Silver/Metal

Badge

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Small metal badge commemorating Davis Cup 1952 Materials: Metal composite

Cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A hide racquet cover iwth embroired emblem Materials: Hide, Thread

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger Professional, wood/fibreglass squash racquet, with synthetic handle grip still sealed in original plastic wrap. Materials: Wood, Fibreglass, Ink, Synthetic material, Nylon, Plastic

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1990; New Zealand vs Australia Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Maxply Standard Model' racquet with no net. Materials: Wood, Paint, Adhesive tape, Leather

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Black and white photograph of a young Tony Roche playing tennis, aged approximately 13. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed can of three Sears 'Butch Buchholz Autographed' tennis balls. Has intact metal ring-pull seal. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop McEnroe Tournament Mid tennis racquet, with midsize frame, ribbon whipping around shoulders, and unbroken plastic seal around handle grip. Model name features across base of head. Dunlop logo and trademark feature on all four sides of shaft. 'D' trademark in arrowhead device also features on black plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Plastic, Ink, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Enamel

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photograph of Frank Sedgman, Ken McGregor, Jack Kramer and Pancho Seguro after signing business contracts. United Press photo. Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Reproduction of 1885 painting depicting a tennis match between a male player and a female wearing a white dress and straw hat with pink flower.. Both players using flat top racquets. Two spectators, one with parasol, at right. Artist signature reproduced lower right may read 'J.LARRY'. Materials: Paper, Ink, Glass, Cardboard, Glue, Wood, Metal, Adhesive label

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon 1951 Materials: Paper, Ink

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An empty, unsealed Rawlins 'Championship Tennis Balls' can. No lid. Key winder and metal strip seal also missing. Materials: Metal, Ink

Event Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Ansett Thermoskin Australia-China Challenge, December 1986 Materials: Paper, Ink

Metal container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tin of 6 Tretorn tennis balls, limited edition commemorating 100 years of the Tretorn brand. Materials: Metal, Rubber

Bat

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A solid wood bat, with a slightly projecting butt, and wedged back. The flat face is indented, meaning the bat was used to strike a hard ball. Faint manufacturer's details feature across the base of the face: LUMLEY'S LTD/GLASGOW. Materials: Wood

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1992 World Final; USA vs Switzerland. Materials: Paper, Ink

Magazine clipping

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A cartoon from 'Punch' magazine, featuring a female tennis player, i.e. the 'Tigress,' and her male partner, i.e. the 'Rabbit' during a mixed doubles match. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

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

Cigarette lighter

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Match King (USA) striker-style cigarette lighter etched with tennis player design. Materials: Silver/Metal, Plastic, Cotton

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Todd Woodbridge playing tennis as a small child. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding Pancho Gonzales-endorsed 'Prize Cup' wood tennis racquet. Striped tape reinforcements around shoulders and ribbon around shaft. Manufacturer's name & model name printed across throat on obverse and reverse. Grip wrapped with perforated leather. Large Spalding 'S" logo and 'JAPAN' printed onto butt cap. Decal on side of shaft reads: CUSTOM DESIGNED BY SPALDING/FOR CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Leather, Ribbon, Plastic

Button

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Button, molded to depict crossed tennis racquets. Materials: Composite Materials

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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

Commemorative plate

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Brown ceramic plate with black and white decorations. On reverse is painted 'Australian Open 2006' and 'Sample 1'. Materials: Ceramic

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An unsealed Classic tennis ball can with recessed lid. Contains only one (original) ball. Key and metal seal strip missing. Materials: Metal, Ink, Wool, Rubber

Attire, Personal items

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Puritan 'Chrissie Evert' sleeveless tennis dress with original shop tags. Materials: Cotton, Plastic

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Volley' metal tennis racquet, with double shaft, green plastic throat bridge and handle wrapped in brown Dunlop-branded leather. Has a plastic butt cap with adhesive label featuring Dunlop logo. Manufacturer name & model name on adhesive label on throat bridge. Materials: Metal, Adhesive tape, Vinyl, Plastic, Leather, Adhesive label

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Prince 'Precision Response' demonstration tennis racquet, with Prince 'Cushion Grip System' synthetic handle grip. Materials: Graphite, Composite Materials, Paint, Ink, Plastic, Synthetic Gut, Synthetic material

Event Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Program: Newsweek Champions Cup, March 1993. approx 150 pages. Materials: Paper, Ink

Picture frame

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver picture frame with tennis motif. Contains print on paper of women on a tennis court, wearing 19th Century fashions. Leather-covered wood stand. Materials: Silver/Metal, Wood, Leather

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

25 issues of 'World Tennis' magazine, dating from 1985. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'Court 1' tennis ball. Autographed with black marker by Anna Kournikova. Materials: Felt, Rubber, Ink

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Black and white photograph of Ramanathan Krishnan. Place and date unknown. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two issues of 'Tennis' magazine, dating from 1978. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Danone Southern Cross Classic (Adelaide) 1988 Materials: Paper, Ink

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1958 Davis Cup team. metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photograph depicting Australian players courtside discussion at 1973 Davis Cup Final. Materials: Paper, Ink, Plastic, Photographic emulsion

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print of 1955 winning Australian Davis Cup team. as been later autographed by Ken Rosewall (in 2001), Lucy Hopman and Rex Hartwig. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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

Artwork

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Illustration incised onto ceramic panel and set in a wood frame. Image is a montage deption of Portland, Oregon. Caption on image reads 'Portland...City of Roses'. Label caption reads: 'Davis Cup Semi-final 1981...USA vs. Australia'. Label on reverse reads: 'Marsha Gardner Enterprises...Tualatin, Oregon'. Materials: Ceramic, Wood, Velvet

Event Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Virginia Slims Championships Program November 1993 Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A double-faced racquet constructed entirely of bamboo and interwoven with strapped reeds. Materials: Bamboo, Reed

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

13 assorted tennis balls from circa 1925. Materials: Rubber, Felt

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Album Programme: French Open 1984 (hardcover) Materials: Paper, Ink