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Thread about old stadiums

I have talked about this before. I thought it would be nice if we shared some thoughts about old stadiums?

I have mentioned how it breaks my heart how Forest Hills is treated. It still stands but it's in bad condition and I'm afraid they are gonna demolish it in the future. Obviously the West Side Tennis Club doesn't need it anymore.

In Melbourne Kooyong is still doing quite fine. The Kooyong Classic is a good exho.

I just hate the way the old White City stadium in Sydney is treated. It's looking awful these days. No one is using it anymore?

Those three are quite similar, real vintage tennis stadiums. Aren't they all horseshoe-shaped with two courts?

I know the old stadium used in Indianapolis is demolished. Does anyone know what happened to the stadium in Stratton Mountain? It was a good tournament back in the 80's.

And finally, it's quite nice that the old classic grounds at Longwood Cricket Club are still in use in Boston. The US Pro tournament was a huge tournament back in the day.
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Forest Hills is something special

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Great picture. Did they change the position of the court later? It seems like in the clips from the 70's and 80's that it's a lot closer to the crowd. Maybe when they changed it from grass to har-tru.
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Not sure, maybe it was a little bit different in last years before moving to FM in 1978. (in 1974. on grass it was pretty much the same as ever before)

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Not sure, maybe it was a little bit different in last years before moving to FM in 1978. (in 1974. on grass it was pretty much the same as ever before)
Oh yeah, there in the clip at 00.29 you can see it's actually the same. They had obviously some extra stands there.

There are also some clips from the 80's(Lendl/McEnroe 84) when it was the Tournament of Champions and it looks pretty much the same.

It was a great tournament in the 80's(I remember Lendl once trashing Connors 0 and 0). It was always played in May. New Yorkers had some great tennis during the year. Forest Hills in May, US Open in September and The Masters in December/January.

Forest Hills had its last ATP event in 1989. I remember it was played as a exho just before the US Open in August in 1990 on a hard court. But it was the last time. There have been challengers later. But surely the final hasn't been played on the old center court.
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Oh yeah, there in the clip at 00.29 you can see it's actually the same. They had obviously some extra stands there.

There are also some clips from the 80's(Lendl/McEnroe 84) when it was the Tournament of Champions and it looks pretty much the same.

It was a great tournament in the 80's(I remember Lendl once trashing Connors 0 and 0). It was always played in May. New Yorkers had some great tennis during the year. Forest Hills in May, US Open in September and The Masters in December/January.

Forest Hills had its last ATP event in 1989. I remember it was played as a exho just before the US Open in August in 1990 on a hard court. But it was the last time. There have been challengers later. But surely the final hasn't been played on the old center court.
Yeah, great exo in 1990. and Lendl beat Krickstein in the final (Jimbo in 1/4)

It was great tournament and always some players from Year end Top 5 were there.. in 1980. McEnroe and Connors, in 1981. McEnroe and Clerc, in 1982. McEnroe, Lendl and Gerulaitis, in 1983. McEnroe and Lendl, in 1984. McEnreo, Connors and Lendl, in 1985. Lendl and McEnroe, in 1986. Lendl, Becker and Noah, in 1987. Becker, in 1988. Agassi and Edberg, in 1989. Lendl and Chang

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The 1920's was such a huge time for tennis. All of the Grand Slam stadiums were built back then. Wimbledon in 1922, Forest Hills 1923, Kooyong in 1927 and Roland Garros 1928.

The old Rothenbaum Club in Hamburg had a classic stadium since the 1920's. It had huge changes in the late 90's, maybe they even build a new one? Not sure about it.
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This is a great thread. I remember very well Stratton Mountain tournament but I don`t know if the stadium is still there. This is really a shame what is going on with Forest Hills as I didn`t know that the stadium is in such bad conditions and that they may demolish it in the future.

About other old stadiums: The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Main Court was built in 1925 which was the second biggest stadium in America continent after Forest Hills (the club was born 1892 and first tournament was played one year later).

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About other old stadiums: The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Main Court was built in 1925 which was the second biggest stadium in America continent after Forest Hills (the club was born 1892 and first tournament was played one year later).
This is still used during the Buenos Aires ATP-event? For decades it was the home for the Davis Cup team, but obviously the new stadium will host all the future ties.

I thought it was great that Australia still played a DC tie at Kooyong in the 90's. USA also hosted Australia in '99 at the legendary Longwood Cricket Club.
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I was lucky enough to visit Forest Hills a few years ago. A real piece of tennis history. I felt sad when they got rid of the old number 1 court at Wimbledon. I know why they did it, but it was handy when you used to be able to stand on Centre and Number 1 and swap between the courts easily.

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indian wellls and miami should be switched to green clay......i watched a few pepsi grandslam matches recently and i liked the surface......switching IW and miami to clay would also rid a lot of headaches for players and ITF......



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This is still used during the Buenos Aires ATP-event? For decades it was the home for the Davis Cup team, but obviously the new stadium will host all the future ties.

I thought it was great that Australia still played a DC tie at Kooyong in the 90's. USA also hosted Australia in '99 at the legendary Longwood Cricket Club.
Right. The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis is used for the ATP Buenos Aires. The stadium is not that big (5500 attendance maximum) but it`s ok for this event which is not the same for DC ties where they were forced to move those matches to Parque Roca that allows an attendance of 14500 spectators.

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Hey Aussies, any memories about the Australian classics, Kooyong and White City?

Memorial Drive in Adelaide is also legendary. It's almost 100 years old and still being used.
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