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

Now Emma Raducanu, the teen player on the up

Proud winner of her first Grand Slam: The US Open Cup

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

3 thoughts on “EDGBASTON – HOME OF TENNIS 🎾

  1. My #Birmingham #Edgbaston #Poem in celebration of the leafy suburb where I was born and brought up and it’s place in Lawn Tennis #History 🎾 Keith Bracey @1truclaretnblu ❤ @brummiebard

    • Thanks I am glad that you like it! Pakistan are doing well in the cricket T20 World Cup as are England…wouldn’t a World Cup Final between the two be a great match? Come on England! Keith Bracey AKA the Brummie Bard Birmingham and Black Country poet writer historian and broadcaster on Sports Radio Birmingham Please read my Birmingham and Black Country poetry history heritage and sports blog posts on my Bracey Blog at https://keithbracey.wordpress.com

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