Kooyong Milestones: A Timeline
Foundation of the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria (LTAV) to take over from the MCC the administration of tennis in Victoria, especially the Pennant Tennis Competition. No courts or membership facilities. MCC still ran major tournaments eg Australian /Victorian Championships in 1905.
Leading Melbourne tennis player Norman Brookes wins Wimbledon Singles Championship (first "foreigner" ever) and Davis Cup with Anthony Wilding (NZ).
LTAV leases area along north side of Albert Ground to provide facilities for admission of 322 members and to host Davis Cup .Eight grass courts laid down, pavilion built and stands erected. Brookes appointed to LTAV organizing committee. Australia retains Cup defeating USA 3-2.
After successful defences of the Cup in Sydney and Christchurch LTAV hosts Davis Cup for second time at the Albert Ground.. Britain defeats Australia 3-2 (NB: Photo of this Challenge Round in Archives Room)
Growing popularity of the game (Brookes and Wilding won back Cup in 1914) leads to decision to purchase 17 acres of freehold land at Kooyong for $6160.
20 Grass courts opened for play plus 8 asphalt.
First Clubhouse opened in June.
First horseshoe shaped seating level of concrete stadium completed to host Australian Championships won by Gerald Patterson in longest final singles match ever played at Kooyong.
Northern section of stand, raised with construction of upper seating level. Massive flood of Kooyong in December disrupting the Victorian Championships.
(Jan) Jack Crawford defeats Fred Perry, Wimbledon Champion, at Kooyong in final of Australian Championships. Roderick Menzel (Czech) criticizes Kooyong "cow paddock".
Donald Budge wins Victorian Championships at Kooyong prior to winning first leg of Grand Slam in Adelaide. (Photo in foyer)
Kooyong hosts its first Davis Cup won 5-0 by Americans Kramer & Schroeder.
In preparation for Davis Cup: • Clubhouse altered for first time since 1923 by glassing in the verandah • Southern section of stand raised with construction of upper level. Massive temporary Cyclone stands erected to increase capacity to 15,000. Hoad & Rosewall retain Cup 3-2 in memorable win over Seixas & Trabert. Hopman towel throwing incident.
Western section of stand filled in to complete upper level of "horseshoe" in readiness for hosting successful defence of Davis Cup.
1961 & 1966
Kooyong hosts Davis Cup Challenge Rounds against Italy and India.
Kooyong becomes the permanent home of the Australian Championships (until move to Flinders Park in 1988) incorporating the Victorian Championships.
John Newcombe defeats Jimmy Connors to win Australian title in match beamed round world by satellite.
LTAV relinquishes administration of Victorian tennis to Victorian Tennis Association.
Kooyong hosts successful defence of Davis Cup against Sweden.
Davis Cup Challenge Round at Kooyong. Pat Cash wins memorable match against Mikael Pernfors to clinch win on third day.
Last Australian Championships at Kooyong won by Stefan Edberg and Hanna Mandlikova.
First Colonial Classic tournament held at Kooyong as prelude to Australian Championships (won by Pat Cash)
Kooyong changes its name from LTAV to Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club as a condition of affiliating with the Victorian Tennis Association.
Extensions to Clubhouse
Completion of major extensions to Clubhouse including swimming pool, gymnasium and additional function rooms.
Kooyong site flooded after record day of rainfall raises neighbouring creek above height of levee bank.
Kooyong hosts Davis Cup Challenge Round. Australia defeats Belarus 5-0.