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Australian tennis: Will the glory days make a revival?

Tennis is part of the essential soundtrack to an Australian summer, and is a sport that the country once dominated in the 1960s and early '70s, with names such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

But since the early 1980s, Australia's women have claimed just a solitary Grand Slam singles title, and it's more than a decade since the evergreen Lleyton Hewitt became the last Aussie man to win a major, at Wimbledon in 2002.

Now, bankrolled by the riches generated by the sale of TV rights at the Australian Open, Tennis Australia, the governing body, has been pouring money into community projects, hoping to unearth new gems.

The future of Australian tennis now lies with these eager, young grassroots players, as Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

  • 16 Jan 2014
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