This clip is from Bicentennial Minutes, a series of 60-second snapshots of Australian history produced in 1988 to mark 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet of British convict ships at Sydney in 1788. This episode features Australian tennis great Norman Brookes who won the last singles rubber and the Davis Cup for Australia in 1907. He was part of the Australasian Davis Cup team that won the title on six occasions and is considered to have been the World No.1 player in the 1900s.
Known as ‘The Wizard’ and always attired long sleeves and cloth cap, Brookes’ controlled speed in ground shots and aggressive net-attack took him to the top of international tennis. He was the first non-British player to win the Wimbledon singles and doubles titles in 1907 and again in 1914 (he was runner up in the singles 1905 and 1919).
After his active playing career Brookes became president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia and was knighted, ‘in recognition of service to public service’ in 1939.