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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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Page featuring colour lithograph entitled 'A WHISTLING SHOP...TOM AND JERRY VISITNG LOGIC "ON BOARD THE FLEET"'. Another Cruikshank print is adhered to backing of frame. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard, Wood, Metal, Glass

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Tenex MX 350 tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Tenex Ball trademark features on crown. Tenex logo and model name feature along shaft. Tenex 'T' trademark with net and ball devices features on plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Plastic, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, String, Enamel

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A 'University' tennis racquet, with: solid, convex throat; and fine-grooved, thick octagonal handle. Model name impressed across throat on obverse. Letter 'A' carved into right side of handle. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Metal, Glue, Gut, Ink, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Hammer Record tennis racquet, featuring mounted knight trademark on throat. Inscription on obverse: RECORD/HAMMER/DEUTSCHMEISTER GERATE/BAD/MERGENTHEIM/GEBR. HAMMER. Hammer 'H' trademark features on butt cover. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Cloth, Adhesive tape, Ribbon

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Racquet

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A Tryon Ace tennis racquet with a concave throat, string whipping around shoulders, shaft, and top of handle (now lost), and a rare, cork handle. Model name ACE features across throat, accompanied by illustration of a bi-plane, on obverse. TRYON/PHILA. trademark features on throat on reverse. Materials: Wood, Gut, Ink, Leather, Cloth, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, String, Cork

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Advertisement

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Adidas advertisement card Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Magazine clipping

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A cartoon from 'Punch' magazine, featuring two female tennis novices. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Forest Hills 7-Ply tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders and shaft. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Paint

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Bancroft Winner, wooden squash racquet, with adhesive tape whipping around shoulders and shaft, and a leather handle grip with linked quatrefoil perforations. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Ink, Adhesive tape, Metal, Adhesive tape, Fibre, Glue, Leather, Cloth, Gut, String

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Prize cup

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Silver prize cup. Inscr: 'INT. TENNIS TURNIER/KOLN 1954/HE I'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print

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Photograph of Robyn Lamb playing tennis in a gymnasium. Caption on reverse states: 'Hitachi Follow Up camp August 1978'. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ball

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An unbranded grey tennis ball. Materials: Rubber, Felt

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A white Wilson racquet with purple grip tape and no model markings. Materials: Graphite, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Rubber

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson, Maureen Connolly Personal tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features decal head and shoulders image of Connolly. Base of shaft and plastic butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features clustered perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Figurine

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Metal figurine of boy with raised racquet next to a round holder. Materials: Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Magazine

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Tennis Championships Magazine: Special US Open 1984 Edition Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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An Ascot 2070 Pro tennis racquet, approved by the Professional Tennis Coaches' Association (UK), with leather handle grip with arrowhead patterned perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Leather, Adhesive tape, Fibre, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson 'Sledgehammer 3.4 Stretch' racquet. Materials: Graphite, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Rubber

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Davis Classic II tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders and ribbon whipping around shaft, and leather handle grip with patterned perforations. Davis logo and model name features across base of head, flanked by classical design motifs around the shoulders. TAD "Kings of the Court" trademark features on throat on reverse. Davis coat-of-arms "Duce virtute comite fortuna" trademark features on throat on obverse. TAD trademark features on rubber butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, String, Leather, Adhesive tape, Paint, Rubber, Ribbon, Fibreglass

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Magazine

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Davis Cup Magazine 2000 First Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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An unmarked tennis racquet with solid convex throat, and fine-grooved octagonal handle. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Metal, Glue, Gut, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Trophy

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Silver plated trophy inscribed: 'THE THEO LANE BEAN/DOUBLES/CHALLENGE TROPHY/WON BY/1941' and on reverse 'JAN. 11 - GEO.W. BLABON 2ND - JSP MAKIVER - 40 1/4'. Materials: Silver/Metal

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Racquet

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A Wright & Ditson 'Columbia' tennis racquet, with: concave throat; bevelled crown; whipping around shoulders; transparent red plastic collar; and, mid-grooved handle. Model name features across throat on obverse. Manufacturer details feature along right side of shaft. Wright & Ditson Championship 'tennis player on ball' trademark features across throat on reverse. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Nylon, String, Paint, Plastic

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Photographic print

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Photo of Valerie Zeigen Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Spalding 'Davis Cup' tennis racquet, with whipping around shoulders, fibre reinforced bow, shoulders and throat, leather handle grip, and plastic butt cap. Manufacturer's name features across base of head. Model name features on throat. Various Spalding trademarks features on throat, lower shaft, and butt cap. Materials: Wood, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Nylon, Leather, Ink, String, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Fibre

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Tournament Programme

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Programme: Australian Mens hardcourt Championships (Adelaide) 1993 Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson Jimmy Connors Advisory Staff Model tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features model name. Lower shaft and butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features patterned perforations. Name written across shaft on obverse: PAYAL PATEL. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Paint, Adhesive tape, Ribbon, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Seamco Ken Rosewall-endorsed metal tennis racquet, with double shaft, metal shaft bridge, plastic throat bridge; black plastic shaft casing embossed with 'ACRO'; and a handle wrapped in brown leather. Black plastic butt cap with adhesive label featuring manufacturer's 'S' logo and name. Manufacturer name on label on throat bridge (reverse). Endorser name on troat bridge (obverse). Marker pen ink on butt states: '-4'. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Adhesive label, Leather, Adhesive tape, Nylon

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Ball container

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An unsealed Slazenger (U.K.) 'Lawn Tennis Ball' container. Originally packed under pressure (solder spot on base). Lid and balls missing. Materials: Metal, Paint, Rubber, Felt

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print

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Colour photograph of Barbara Jordan holding the Akhurst Cup trophy afer winning womens singles 1979 Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne