Albo aces it! Anthony Albanese has a hit in all-whites and a Rabbitohs cap at his local tennis court – and there’s a reason his serve is so good

  • The new prime minister takes some downtime at his local tennis club  
  • Anthony Albanese hit the grass courts at Marrickville Law Tennis Club
  • Displayed a nice serve after lessons from former tennis pro John Alexander 
  • The new PM took calls courtside in breaks from his double match with friends 

New PM Anthony Albanese has ended a hectic first week in the top job with a spot of grass court tennis.

A week on from the Labor Party’s long-awaited return to power, Mr Albanese donned a white shirt, blue shorts and his favoured white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

He sported the official shirt of the club having previously represented it in a relatively low grade at the Sydney Badge Tennis Competition. 

The Grayndler MP displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely about the court during a game of doubles with friends, stopping occasionally to take phone calls on a courtside seat.

It’s believed the Labor leader has received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Mr Albanese’s political opponents before he retired as the MP for Bennelong before the last election.

Mr Albanese donned a white shirt, blue shorts and his favoured white Rabbitohs cap to play tennis at the Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday

It's believed the Labor leader has received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Mr Albanese's political opponents before he retired as the MP for Bennelong before the last election

It’s believed the Labor leader has received tennis instruction in the past from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Mr Albanese’s political opponents before he retired as the MP for Bennelong before the last election

The Grayndler MP displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely about the court during a game of doubles with friends

The Grayndler MP displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely about the court during a game of doubles with friends

Mr Albanese stopped playing occasionally to take phone calls courtside

Mr Albanese stopped playing occasionally to take phone calls courtside

Mr Albanese has previously touted tennis as a great sport for ‘your mental health’.

‘It’s a very simple game; hit a ball over a net between lines, but you have to concentrate the whole time,’ he told Illawarra Mercury.

‘You can’t be thinking about other things. Whereas if you’re in a movie you can be thinking about the press conference you’ve got to do tomorrow, or a particular policy issue that’s confronting you.’

Since returning from the important Quad meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, Mr Albanese has appeared to be running the country from his humble home in Marrickville as he awaits ex-PM Scott Morrison to leave the official prime ministerial residences of The Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House in Sydney. 

The inner west local has been spotted collecting the newspaper in his pyjamas twice in the past week, while on Friday he welcomed senior government officials to his home including Stephanie Foster, the new Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

On Saturday it appeared Mr Morrison was finally making the move out of Kirribilli after he was seen departing the residence with one of his daughters.

The former prime minister appeared to be in a sporting mood, just like Mr Albanese, as he wore a Cronulla Sharks cap before getting behind the wheel of his Volkswagen. 

Mr Morrison has had an entire week to vacate the heritage-listed mansion since losing the election and stepping down as the leader of the Liberal Party last Saturday.

On Saturday it appeared Mr Morrison was finally making the move out of Kirribilli after he was seen departing the residence with one of his daughters

On Saturday it appeared Mr Morrison was finally making the move out of Kirribilli after he was seen departing the residence with one of his daughters 

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