This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Years after WWII…1946-1956 In 1946 John Bromwich wins his second Australian Championships beating Dinny Pails 5-7 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-2 in Adelaide. Nancye Wynne Bolton defends her third title after a 5 year hiatus due to World War . . .
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Between the World Wars…1925-1940 The second edition of the ILTF recognized Official Australasian Championships took place in January 1925 in Sydney. James Anderson defended his third Australasian title against top-seeded Gerald Patterson, while Daphne Akhurst became the champion . . .
In 1919 Gerald Patterson became the second Australian player to win the Wimbledon singles title. In January 1920 Australasia defended the Davis Cup against the British Isles 4-1 in Sydney. Algie Kingscote from the visiting British team won the Australasian title in late January in Sydney.
In 1908 Brookes was unable to undertake the journey to travel to Wimbledon to defend his title. In Australia Brookes had a wood factory and played more and more sporadically because of his business obligations. He concentrated his efforts to defend the Davis Cup that was used as a flower bowl in Brookes’ home. Australasia managed to retain the Davis Cup against the USA 3-2 in Melbourne. After the Davis Cup match, Fred Alexander from the visiting American team won the Australasian title in Sydney in the absence of Brookes or Wilding.
In 1902 Wilberforce Eaves made a second visit to Australia and once again won the New South Wales title. However, Eaves needed five sets against both Norman Brookes and Alf Dunlop, the leading Victorian players. It was after this defeat that Brookes changed his game and began volleying much more. Between 1902 and 1904 Brookes won three Victorian titles.
Lawn tennis quickly took root in the Australian colonies. The first Victorian Championships was carried out in January 1880 in Melbourne. Until 1891, asphalt was the surface of the Victorian Championships. In 1885 New South Wales followed suite on grass, and the first intercolonial (interstate) championship was also played in Sydney between New South Wales and Victoria. State championships were also introduced in New Zealand (1886), Queensland (1888), South Australia (1890), Tasmania (1893) and Western Australia (1895).