White City Stadium (Sydney)

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For the football stadium in London, see White City Stadium.
White City Tennis Club circa 1923

White City Stadium at the White City Tennis Club is a tennis venue in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, Australia. The stadium was built in 1922 as a new venue for the New South Wales Championships (now an international tournament known as the Sydney International). The venue served as host of the tournament until the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre opened for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The Club was formed in 1947, and today has 16 grass courts, 6 synthetic grass courts, and 6 Rebound Ace hard courts. The Australian Tennis Museum was located at White City from its founding in 1983 until 2005 when it moved out to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Davis Cup[edit]

White City was host to some of Australia's Davis Cup championships during their dominant run in the 1950s and 1960s. It hosted the Challenge Round in 1951 (Australia defeating the United States), 1954 (USA def. Australia), 1960 (Australia def. Italy), 1965 (Australia def. Spain), and the final in 1977 (Australia def. Italy). The stadium also saw the USA defeat Italy in the Inter-Zonal Final in 1952 (before losing to Australia in the Challenge Round in Adelaide) and saw the USA defeat Australia in the 1979 semifinal. The 1954 final set the record for the largest crowd at a sanctioned tennis match, 25,578. This record held until 2004, when the Davis Cup final at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla, a converted football stadium, beat it.[1]

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Preceded by
West Side Tennis Club
New York City
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1951
Succeeded by
Memorial Drive Tennis Centre
Adelaide
Preceded by
Kooyong Stadium
Melbourne
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1954
Succeeded by
West Side Tennis Club
New York City
Preceded by
West Side Tennis Club
New York City
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1960
Succeeded by
Kooyong Stadium
Melbourne
Preceded by
Harold Clark Courts
Cleveland
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1965
Succeeded by
Kooyong Stadium
Melbourne
Preceded by
Estadio Nacional de Chile
Santiago
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1977
Succeeded by
Mission Hills CC
Rancho Mirage

Coordinates: 33°52′46″S 151°13′52″E / 33.87944°S 151.23111°E / -33.87944; 151.23111