” I’ll let the racquet do the talking…”
The Memorial Drive Tennis Club was established on land near the Torrens in 1914. By 1922 a grandstand had been built, and both Davis Cup and Australian Open tennis matches commenced at the courts. In 1938 American Don Budge won the first leg of the first Grand Slam at the Drive. Recent decades have seen the Drive dominated by Mens tournaments, with the winners list showing names such as Borg, Newcombe, Ashe, Laver, Rosewall, Courier and Djokovic. This year the club opened newly renovated grass and hard courts. The venue will also return to ATP, WTA and SMMLTA competition play. Prominent current members of the Drive include, Lleyton Hewitt, Thanasai Kokkinakis, Kevin OLeary and myself.