This is the White City Tennis Stadium in Rushcutters Bay. Built in 1922 for the NSW Championships (later known as the Sydney International), it hosted the competition until the Olympic Tennis Stadium was built at Homebush. It was also home to the Australian Tennis Museum between 1983 and 2005 before it also moved to Sydney Olympic Park.
White City has hosted many famous tennis matches including some of Australia’s Davis Cup matches during the glory years of the 50s, 60s and 70s. This included the final in 1977 when Australia defeated Italy to win the cup. It also hosted the 1954 final when it’s record crowd of 25,578 people watched the USA defeat Australia.
Today the stadium’s grandstands have a lot of weeds, rust and decay meaning its closed off for safety reasons and plans have been spoken about for redevelopment. It gives you a sense of nostalgia to walk down the old corridors, past the old arched entrances and into the arena where you can imagine the thousands of screaming fans cheering on their favourite tennis players. It makes you wish they could restore this old gem but it does feel a little impractical given the other modern facilities around.
Today White City is home to Maccabi Tennis and includes not only the old centre court but several other grass and artificial courts.
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