View Full Version : 150th Anniversary of Tennis Exo Tourney: Birmingham 2015

06-10-2010, 02:48 PM
I think this should happen. No plans as yet, I'm starting the ball rolling and wondering what others think. First, the history...

Between 1859 and 1865, in Birmingham, England, Major Harry Gem, a solicitor, and his friend Augurio Perera, a Spanish merchant, combined elements of the game of rackets and the Spanish ball game Pelota and played it on a croquet lawn in Edgbaston.


Using the 1865 date, tennis; as we know it more or less, will be 150 years old in 2015. I think there should be a big exhibition tournament in Birmingham to celebrate this (it would also be good for the city as for some reason not many people know Birmingham is where modern/lawn tennis was developed and obviously it would be good for tourism/trade etc).

They could even play a small game on the lawn of 8 Ampton Road where the game was first played.


I'm going to suggest it to some council/city people anyway, if anyone has any comments, positive or negative (politely of course) please chime in.

06-10-2010, 05:48 PM
A very good idea:)