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EDGBASTON – THE HOME OF TENNIS

 

Edgbaston is the place

Where they serve up many an Ace

 

Invented by Major Harry Gem:

A game for lithe athletic men

 

At 8 Ampton Road: ‘Fairlight’

You’d see rubber balls in flight

 

Men and women both

They’d hit balls with all their might

 

In clothing… Oh so bright!

A game played in Lilywhites

 

As played on a manicured lawn

In the summer of 1859

 

Young men and women courting

Eating, drinking, laughing

 

Eligible bachelors and young maidens

Playing on a mown green grass court

 

‘Good shot sir!’… they’d shout

With many a lascivious thought

 

The young women they did ‘Glow’

As they knocked balls to and fro

 

Over a rudimentary net

With strawberries and cream…..you bet!

 

Lawn tennis started to grow

Into the game that we now all know

 

Fred Perry, Bunny Austin,

Ann Jones, Virginia Wade

 

Andy Murray and Sue Barker

Grand Slam Champions were made

 

So next time you’re in Birmingham

Recall Edgbaston’s Major Gem

 

And the Great Game that he gave us:

‘Game, Set and Match: Amen!’

 

 

Keith Bracey Birmingham Tennis Fan

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