History

A RICH HERITAGE

Within a year of the first Wimbledon Championships in 1877, the citizens of Melbourne enthusiastically embraced the new sport of lawn tennis. In its infant years the Melbourne Cricket Club controlled the game and in 1892 the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, known as the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria, was formed to take over administration of tennis in the colony of Victoria.

Melbourne-born Norman Brookes' sensational Wimbledon victory in 1907, followed a month later with his capture of the Davis Cup in partnership with New Zealander Anthony Wilding, was a turning point in the Club's development. Courts were rented for the first time at the Albert Ground in St Kilda Road to stage Australia's first Davis Cup, for which Brookes, a member of the Association's Council, was the sole selector and mainstay of the home team.

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At The Club

  • Tennis

    Our premier facilities include 26 beautifully manicured grass courts, 22 floodlit en tout cas courts and 3 Plexicushion courts inside our famous old stadium

  • Tennis
  • Dining

    Kooyong Members have many wonderful choices when dining at the Club. The Bar, Bistro and Winter Garden offer diners relaxed and casual dining while the terraces offer views over the famous grass courts. The Racquet Club provides a comfortable dining or the perfect room for special occasions

  • Dining
  • Our Spaces
  • Our Event Spaces

    The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club is one of Melbourne’s premier venues. The historic grounds and beautiful Clubrooms and terraces are as unique as they are versatile and form a perfect backdrop for a broad range of Events.

PRESERVING THE PAST, PROMOTING THE FUTURE

The Kooyong Foundation

Continuing the great tradition as "The Spiritual Home of Australian Tennis", Kooyong is committed to supporting, nurturing and enhancing this great game.

Since 2000, the Kooyong Foundation has made significant advancement focusing on two key objectives: to honour the rich traditions of Kooyong and Australian tennis; and to provide positive, practical support for the development of the sport.

The Kooyong Clubhouse represents a "Living Museum of Tennis", allowing Members and guests to immerse themselves in the photography, trophies and special memorabilia celebrating the history of tennis in Australia.