Milton Courts

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1958 Davis Cup, being played at Milton Courts

Milton Courts (now Frew Park) was a tennis venue located in Milton, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The complex consisted of 19 hard courts and four grass courts. The main arena seated 7,000 people and opened in 1915. Robert Dickson Alison Frew was the president of the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association (later Tennis Queensland) from 1910 to 1930. He was the driving force behind the creation of the tennis centre.[1]

The Stefan Racquet, being removed from the Milton Tennis Centre, circa 1999

It hosted eight Australian Open/Championships, including the first tournament where professionals were allowed in 1969. In addition, it staged three Davis Cup finals, in 1958, 1962, and 1967.

English rock band The Rolling Stones performed at the venue during their 1973 Pacific Tour on 14 February 1973.

The venue closed in 1999 because of heavy financial losses by Tennis Queensland. The land was sold in 2002 and the complex demolished.[2]

In 2014, the site was redeveloped by the Brisbane City Council as Frew Park, a combined park and tennis centre. Frew Park was opened on 29 November 2014 and is named after Robert Frew.[1][3] Frew Park is made up of Roy Emerson Tennis Courts, Wendy Turnbull Green, Fay Muller Rebound Wall and is also home of the Stefan Tennis Racket. It is a key part of the Brisbane Tennis Trail.[4]

The Stefan Racquet re-installed at Frew Park, circa 2014

Brisbane hairdresser Stefan Ackerie had rescued his 7-metre (23 ft) tennis racquet icon (based on the Aldila brand) that was originally over the Milton Tennis Centre when it was demolished (he had sponsored the Queensland Tennis Open competition at that site) and 15 years later in June 2014 had it re-erected over the Frew Park.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Quirk, Graham. "Tennis Royalty honoured at opening of Frew Park". Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Our History".
  3. ^ "Frew Park". Magnificent Milton. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Brisbane's Tennis Trail". Brisbane City Council. 28 January 2016. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ Moore, Tony (20 June 2014). "Stefan's big racquet returns to new tennis park at Milton". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.

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Coordinates: 27°28′10″S 153°00′02″E / 27.469535°S 153.000552°E / -27.469535; 153.000552

Preceded by
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1958
1962
1967
Succeeded by
West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills
Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide
Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide