Restoring a tennis court to improve diplomacy

The Australian ambassador’s residence in Washington – known as White Oaks – is a Heritage-listed brick mansion built in 1923. It was once the home of George Patton, one of the most significant and controversial military figures in US history. It has a lawn tennis court that had fallen into disrepair. Joe Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the US, thought this was a waste, since it’s the only lawn tennis court in Washington, and one of only a handful in the US north-east, so had it restored with the help of Westfield CEO Peter Lowy. Playing on grass is a dream of many tennis lovers and senior members of congress, military leaders and foreign diplomats have all played on the court over the past year.

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