White City Stadium (Sydney)

White City Stadium at the White City Tennis Club is a tennis venue in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, Australia. The stadium was built in 1922 on the former site of Sydney's White City amusement park as a new venue for the New South Wales Championships (now an international tournament known as the Sydney International).[1] The venue served as host of the tournament until the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre opened for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Club was formed in 1947, and today has 8 synthetic grass courts. The White City tennis complex, sadly, has fallen into disrepair with the old stadiums and the grass courts which hosted famous matches no longer usable.[2] The Australian Tennis Museum was located at White City from its founding in 1983 until 2005 when it moved out to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

White City Tennis Club circa 1923

Famous tennis matches and tournamentsEdit

Davis CupEdit

White City was host to some of Australia's Davis Cup championships during their dominant run in the 1950s and 1960s. It hosted the Challenge Round in 1951 (Australia defeating the United States), 1954 (USA def. Australia), 1960 (Australia def. Italy), 1965 (Australia def. Spain), and the final in 1977 (Australia def. Italy). The stadium also saw the USA defeat Italy in the Inter-Zonal Final in 1952 (before losing to Australia in the Challenge Round in Adelaide) and saw the USA defeat Australia in the 1979 semifinal. The 1954 final set the record for the largest crowd at a sanctioned tennis match, 25,578. This record held until 2004, when the Davis Cup final at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla, a converted football stadium, beat it.[3]

Pat Rafter defeated Cédric Pioline in a Davis Cup tie after recovering from being two sets down in 1997.

Australian OpenEdit

White City hosted the last Australian Open tournament to be held outside Melbourne, in 1971. Ken Rosewall and Margaret Court were the 1971 Champions.[4]

Sydney InternationalEdit

Martina Hingis defeated Jennifer Capriati in the final of the Sydney International in 1997.

Future PlansEdit

White City was purchased by the Maccabi-Hakoah Club in 2010-11. There are plans to build a large community centre, including tennis courts, although development has been slowed by drawn out disputes over the plans. It was announced in late 2021 that building would commence soon.[5] [6]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Lost Sydney: White City Amusement Park". www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  2. ^ Patterson, Robbie (17 October 2014). "Disrepair and neglect combine to destroy heritage value of famous White City tennis centre". Wentworth Courier. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  3. ^ Spain quiets U.S. on first day of Davis Cup final | Deseret News (Salt Lake City) | Find Articles at BNET.com
  4. ^ "The History of Grand Slam Asia/Pacific - Australian Open Tennis History". www.tennistheme.com. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Hakoah Club is dreaming of a White City...Yes It is happening...A special report with Shane Desiatnik". SBS Your Language. 15 December 2021.
  6. ^ Content, Partner (15 December 2021). "Life Set to Return to Sydney's Historic Home of Tennis". The Urban Developer. Retrieved 8 May 2022.

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Preceded by Davis Cup
Final Venue

1951
1954
1960
1965
1977
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 33°52′46″S 151°13′52″E / 33.87944°S 151.23111°E / -33.87944; 151.23111