South Perth Tennis Centre

Our History

120th Birthday Celebrations

On Saturday 9 March the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club celebrated 120 years of social and competitive club tennis.

The club commenced in 1898 in the Zoo ground with Sir Winthrop Hackett as President until 1914 and the club using tennis courts within the Zoological Gardens grounds. The club was immediately successful attracting 125 from the less than 700 population of South Perth. In 1903 the club gained a club house and courts adjacent to the Zoo.  Straying animals on court was an early problem.  The Australasian Tournament (forerunner of the David Cup) used the venue in 1912. Juniors were admitted in 1914.  The club continued to develop although there was some tough years during the World Wars and the Depression.

In 1989 when the Zoo required additional space the club moved to the current location at the corner of McNabb Loop and Murray Street in Como where, with hard courts we commenced playing for twelve months of the year.

Most recently the Canning Tennis club joined us expanding our membership.   The club now offers organized social play on weekends and Thursday mornings plus a fun competition on Tuesday nights during school terms.  More competitive members play either weekend or weeknight pennants and our courts can be hired day or night by the general public.

We all enjoyed an afternoon of tennis plus catching up with past members to celebrate the achievement of 120 years.

Lorraine Chyne