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12-May-2017
12-May-2017

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The portrait bust commemorates tennis player and administrator, Brian Tobin.

As President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (now Tennis Australia) from 1977 to 1989, Brian Tobin played a pivotal role in developing the state-of-the-art Melbourne Park complex, site of the Australian Open.

That singular revitalization helped restore the Australian Open, which was lagging prior to Tobin’s presidency, to its former world prominence. Tobin served as President of the International Tennis Federation from 1991 through 1999, which under his leadership, the ITF and its principal activities, including the worldwide operation of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and Olympic tennis, were greatly enhanced and flourished globally.

Tobin’s credibility as an executive comes from his first-hand knowledge and a Top 10 ranked player in Australia from 1956 to 1962. He rose to No. 8 as an amateur player and won the U.S. singles championship in the 35-and-over category at Forest Hills in 1967.  Tobin was a doubles champion at the 1954 Australian hard courts, and a mixed doubles winner at both the Swiss Championships and the Netherlands Championships in 1964. He served as captain of the Australian Fed Cup teams in 1967 and when they won the title in 1964.

In 2004, a year after he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tobin was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

Location

Address:Olympic Boulevard & Batman Avenue, Garden Square, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.820301
Long: 144.978865
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
Artist:Barbara McLean

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2004
Front Inscription

Brian Tobin

President : International Tennis Federation : 1991 - 1999

President : Tennis Australia : 1977 - 1989

Council : Tennis Australia : 1965 - 1989

Fed Cup Captain : 1964, 1967

Australian Top 10 ranked player : 1956 - 1962

Source: MA
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