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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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Hat

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Straw boater hat with maroon band. Embroidered owners label affixed to lining states: 'ROSEWARNE'. Materials: Straw, Cloth, Tulle, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Figurine

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Pair of painted, handsculpted ceramic figures. (.1) male figure holding tennis racquet and (.2) female figure holding racquet. Both wearing ca. 1900 clothing. Materials: Plaster, Pigment

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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An Head 'Arthur Ashe Competition 2, Boron Flex' tennis racquet, with: wood/boron/plastic composite frame with open throat; grooved outer crown; plastic butt cap; and, brown leather handle grip over hard plastic shaft encasement. Manufacturer's name features across base of head, across top of shaft encasement, and across butt cap. Model name features along left side of shaft. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ink, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ball

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A tennis ball still wrapped in its original green cellophane seal. Inscription on ball: WM/SYKES/LTD./.../L.T.A. OFFICIAL BALL/1938. Cellophane is held together with a blue sticker advertising the manufacturer. Materials: Felt, Rubber, Ink, Cellophane, Adhesive label

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet & cover

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Two-part object. (1) A Donnay 'Agassi 5000' tennis racquet with open throat, plastic butt cap and handle wrapped with synthetic grip tape. Manufacturer's name printed on strings and on side edge of throat. model name printed on crown Endorser's signature as decal on shoulder. (2) 3/4 length silver vinyl racquet cover with zip and printed with endorser signature in purple and adhesive label stating: 'SAINT ROCH COUVIN'. Materials: Adhesive tape, Ink, Vinyl, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print

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Colour photograph of Guillermo Vilas playing a forehand shot. Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A metal Chemold 'Tony Roche' tennis racquet with double shaft and metal bridge. Black plastic shaft casing and butt cap. Adhesive label on butt features Chemold logo. Handle wrapped with black & maroon leather grip tape. Materials: Metal, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Adhesive label, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Magazine

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Three issues of 'American Lawn Tennis', dating from 1928. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A destrung, Spalding 'The Practice' transitional flat-top, junior tennis racquet, featuring: solid convex throat; and, cross-hatched handle. Decal of A.G. Spalding & Bros. Makers logo encircling ball trademark features on throat on obverse. Impression of model name features across crown, on obverse. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Ink, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson Pro-100 tennis racquet. Wilson logo features across base of head. Model name features across throat. 'W' trademark features on lower shaft and butt cap. Leather handle grip features floral perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ribbon, Plastic, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, Paint

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Programme for Final day during Wimbledon 1970. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book

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Book: 'On Lawn Tennis'. 236 pages. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A wooden tennis racquet with composite convex throat and octagonal handle with fine grooves. Leather end wrap. Manufacturer name and trademark printed across throat: V....RY. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Metal, Glue, Ink, Gut, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Black and white photographic print

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Photographic print of Budge Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 2001 World Group Final; France vs Australia Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Mold

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Metal chocolate mold in shape of figure holding tennis racquet and ball. Materials: Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Bancroft Bjorn Borg Autograph tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders, and leather handle grip with patterned perforations. Bancroft logo features across base of head. Throat and shaft feature model name, including 'BJ' and 'BJORN BORG' logos. Lower shaft features Black 'B' trademark. Older red 'B' trademark on butt cap. Materials: Wood, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, Plastic, Paint, Adhesive tape, Ribbon, Nylon

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ball

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A tennis ball contained in original translucent red viscose seal. Inscription: WRIGHT & DITSON/CHAMPIONSHIP/1933/APPROVED BY THE U.S.L.T.ASSN./PERMAWELT. Materials: Felt, Rubber, Ink, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Prize dish

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Silver prize dish. Inscr: '2.PREIS/HAMBURGER TENNIS-GILDE/1901/1952'. Base stamped with marks and '830'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Donnay 'Bjorn' wood tennis racquet. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Leather, Nylon

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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An unstrung Dunlop prototype, wood-fibreglass composite racquet with oversize head and open throat/split shaft. Only adhesive label, on lower shaft on obverse reads: 361 GRAMS/31.9 CMS. Handle grip is still sealed in plastic wrap-around. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Adhesive tape, Fibreglass

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson, Don Budge Signature tennis racquet. Shaft features 'W' trademark. A decal white and gold chevron design features on the throat. Base of head features Wilson logo. Handwritten autograph along shaft on obverse, in silver ink, reads: DON BUDGE/1938 GRAND SLAM. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Paint

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ball container , Ball

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A sealed clear plastic container of three Dunlop 'Tour Pro' racquetballs. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book

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Book: 'Wild Kitty'. 308 pages. Hardcover. Edition uncertain. No date. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Programme: Hyatt on Collins Mens Tennis Classic (Dingley) November 1990 Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print

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Photo of Pam Teeguarden Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Drawing

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Reproduced drawings of Budge and Gibson from series of ads by Equitable. Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson Famous Player Model tennis racquet. Wilson logo features across base of head. Model name with a compass device feature on the throat. 'W' trademark features at the base of the shaft. Leather handle grip features quatrefoil perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Paint, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, Ribbon

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Spalding 'Greenwood' tennis racquet, featuring: laminated convex throat; and, fine-grooved, octagonal handle. 'A.G. Spalding & Bros. Made in U.S.A.' logo encircling ball trademark features on throat on reverse. Decal of model name features across throat on obverse. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Ink, Gut, Leather, Paint

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

, Photographic print

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Studio portrait photogrpah of girl with headscarf and racquet. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion, Wood, Cardboard, Glass

Tennis Australia, Melbourne