Sydney, Australia, 20 April 2012 | Tennis NSW

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court will join Australian Tennis Museum Patron Ken Rosewall to celebrate the museum’s 10th Annual Fundraising Luncheon on Monday 28th May 2012.

The Australian Tennis Museum possesses one of the largest and most significant historical tennis collections in the country. The museum has recently added the Lacoste dress in which Australian favourite, Sam Stosur, won her maiden US Open title in 2011.

The luncheon plays an essential part in fundraising for the continued preservation and conservation of Australia’s tennis history.

Special guest Court explained: “The history of a nation is very important and it is vital that our younger generation understands the history of our sport in Australia. Our nation has a history of producing so many great players; the future of tennis in Australia looks bright.”

Court has an illustrious tennis career; between 1960 and 1975 she won 62 Grand Slam title (24 singles, 19 doubles and 19 mixed doubles) and represented Australia in Fed Cup from 1963 to 1973, winning all of her 20 singles matches.

Court was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979, and in 2006 was awarded the International Tennis Federation’s Phillip Chatrier award. In 2007 she was recognised for her services to the tennis community with an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), which sits alongside her Member of the British Empire (MBE).

“We are delighted to welcome Margaret Court to the Australian Tennis Museum especially as we celebrate such a significant milestone. We rely on the support of our wonderful museum volunteers, Tennis NSW staff and the general public to keep our doors open,” Rosewall said.

Rosewall won his first Grand Slam title in 1953 at the Australian Open aged 18 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

He was the inaugural inductee to Tennis NSW’s Arena of Champions in 2009, was inducted as a Legend into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in October that year, and received a ‘Golden Racket’ award in 2011.

Australian Tennis Museum 10th Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Date: Monday 28th May 2012

Time: 11.15 am

Venue: Courtside Function and Events Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

Cost: $90 per person or $850 for a table of 10

RSVP: Monday 4 May 2012

Bookings and enquires are to be made to Australian Tennis Museum curator Ada Klinkhamer on (02) 9024 7629 or via email [email protected].

Bookings are essential.