Tucker’s Tennis Museum is the result of a lifelong interest in the sport by Launceston resident, Denis Tucker. Note: I use the word “interest”. But judging by the banter from family and friends at the launch of the museum, others may use the word “obsession”.
Tucker’s Tennis Museum: One Man’s Obsession
On Saturday 24 September I was fortunate to attend the official opening of Tucker’s Tennis Museum. Tennis officials and luminaries of the game, including Craig Tiley and John Fitzgerald, gathered with 170 guests to celebrate the crowning glory of a lifetime of collecting by Denis Tucker.
By his own admission, Denis has dedicated many hours to establishing what will be regarded as a significant tennis museum. His personal enjoyment of the sport prompted Denis to seek out autographs and take photos, right from his school-boy days.
Denis Tucker: Where There’s a Will
The original plan, when he was the owner, was to display the collection at the Launceston Indoor Sports Arena. LISA was sold and is now the heart of the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre. And Denis needed to make a new plan for showcasing his hobby.
Following the conversion of the garage and two bedrooms at his Newstead home, Denis Tucker’s Tennis Museum was born. The museum incorporates a gallery and a library, with a display of books and programs. The many framed photographs and autographs are complemented by tennis racquets, tennis ball boxes, crockery and trophies. Denis is particularly proud of his historic Davis Cup memorabilia, trophies and signature collection.
Denis is hoping the private collection will be enjoyed by other tennis buffs. Tucker’s Tennis Museum is open to the public by appointment.