History & Culture

White City Amusement Park, (1917), Sydney, Australia

White City Amusement Park, (1917), Sydney, Australia

All around the world each country, nation, region has a recognisable, traditional style or manner in which the game of tennis is played.

In Europe the ‘French’ and ‘Italian’ tennis players exhibit a flair for the unexpected and a passion for all the shots to be used. The ‘Spanish’ players rely on their physicality and method of consistency to wear down their opponents with subtle changes in spin and variety of placement.

In ‘Northern Europe’, the players use physical assets and employ the simple tactics of patience and placement before the big shot is delivered. ‘South American’s’ use natural foot-speed and approach each point with passion in a mix of various styles and with creativity.

‘North American’s’ play a game that can be perceived as ‘in your face’: aggressive, competitive combined with a “let’s get on with it” attitude; direct hitting and big serves.

‘Asian’ methodology of play exhibits technical detail, consistency and depth forcing opponents out of their comfort zones and minimising errors.

The ‘Australian’ way has been one of relaxed method and getting the point won in a succinct manner; thus the very identifiable trait of athleticism, volleys, big serves, and a variety of ground strokes, similar to ‘English’ tennis, with a little less tension.

Success for all nations when this history and culture is employed is assured. When moved away from, success is sporadic, as the environment and influence of character is changed.

Australian tennis during the 1950’s, 1960′ and early 1970’s led the way in innovation and stamped its influence on creating modern tennis. The 1990’s again saw Australia adopt its character, history and culture.

As the ‘global’ game, in this modern ‘open’ era, look to add a place at pace philosophy with a huge emphasis on movement, Australia need only look to its background …….

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Kooyong, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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