Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis at Marrickville


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.

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

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 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.’

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, inner-west Sydney, carrying his racquet and tennis equipment in a bag. 

He sported a cap supporting his favourite NRL team South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of the club and famously stood in federal parliament in 1999 to table a range of motions including calling upon the NRL to include South Sydney in the 2000 competition after the team was expelled. 

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. 

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, inner-west Sydney, carrying his racquet and tennis equipment in a bag

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, inner-west Sydney, carrying his racquet and tennis equipment in a bag

He sported a cap supporting his favourite NRL team The Sydney Rabbitohs

He sported a cap supporting his favourite NRL team The Sydney Rabbitohs

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 House 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.

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of South Sydney Rabbitohs and famously stood in federal parliament in 1999 to table a range of motions including calling upon the NRL to include the team in the 2000 competition after it was expelled

Mr Albanese has been a lifelong supporter of South Sydney Rabbitohs and famously stood in federal parliament in 1999 to table a range of motions including calling upon the NRL to include the team in the 2000 competition after it was expelled

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

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

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 (pictured, Mr Morrison sports a Cronulla Sharks cap)

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 (pictured, Mr Morrison sports a Cronulla Sharks cap)

Mr Albanese was sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday and wasted no time acting on his duties when he flew out for the Quad meeting in Tokyo where he met US president Joe Biden.

Lachlan Harris, who is a former senior staffer to Kevin Rudd, said Mr Albanese would operate very differently to his predecessor. 

‘We have had an era of hyper-professional, hyper-scripted and politically predictable politicians on both sides,’ Harris told Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘He is a break with that. His deep and abiding authenticity and real empathy for people … is his greatest political asset and you can build a prime ministership around that.’ 

Labor’s Tony Burke said his ‘leadership style’ and ‘authenticity’ would be similar to Bob Hawke. 

Back home, Mr Albanese has already been working to deliver on his election promises with his department working on a submission to the Fair Work Commission to raise the minimum wage. 

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