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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville


New Prime Minister Anthony Albanese ended a turbulent first week in the top job with a lawn tennis berth.

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

He wore the club’s official jersey after representing it in a relatively low grade at the Sydney Badge Tennis Competition.

MP Grayndler displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely around the pitch in a doubles match with friends, occasionally pausing to take phone calls in a pitchside seat .

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

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

The Labor leader is believed to have previously received tennis lessons from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Mr Albanese’s political opponents before retiring as Bennelong MP ahead of the last election.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

MP Grayndler displayed decent technique as he served and moved freely around the court in a doubles match with friends.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

Mr Albanese stopped playing occasionally to take phone calls on the pitch

The Labor leader is believed to have previously received tennis lessons from former tennis professional John Alexander, one of Mr Albanese’s political opponents before retiring as Bennelong MP ahead of the last election.

Mr Albanese has previously touted tennis as a great sport for “your mental health”.

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

“You can’t think of anything else. Whereas if you’re in a movie, you might be thinking about the press conference you have to do tomorrow, or a particular political issue you’re dealing with.

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, Sydney’s central west, carrying his racket and tennis equipment in a bag.

He sported a cap supporting his favorite NRL team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mr Albanese has always been a supporter of the club and came to the Federal Parliament in 1999 to table a series of motions, including asking the NRL to include South Sydney in the 2000 competition following the expulsion of the crew.

Since returning from the important Quad meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, Mr Albanese appears to be leading the country from his humble home in Marrickville as he waits for former Prime Minister Scott Morrison to leave the Prime Minister’s official residences The Lodge in Canberra and Kirribilli House. In Sydney.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

Mr Albanese was seen moments earlier leaving his home in Marrickville, Sydney’s central west, carrying his racket and tennis equipment in a bag.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

He sported a cap supporting his favorite NRL team, the Sydney Rabbitohs

The Inner West local has been seen picking up the paper in its pajamas twice in the past week, while on Friday it hosted senior government officials at its home, including Stephanie Foster, the new Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Department.

On Saturday, it emerged that Mr Morrison was finally leaving Kirribilli House after he was seen leaving the residence with one of his daughters.

The former prime minister seemed in a sporty mood, as did Mr Albanese, as he wore a Cronulla Sharks cap before getting behind the wheel of his Volkswagen.

Mr Morrison has had a full week to leave the heritage-listed mansion since his election defeat and resignation as leader of the Liberal Party last Saturday.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

Mr Albanese is a longtime South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter and came to the Federal Parliament in 1999 to table a series of motions, including asking the NRL to include the team in the 2000 competition after they were expelled .

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

He wore the club’s official jersey after representing it in a relatively low grade at the Sydney Badge Tennis Competition.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

On Saturday, it emerged Mr Morrison was finally leaving Kirribilli after he was seen leaving 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 in carrying out his duties as he flew to the Quad meeting in Tokyo where he met US President Joe Biden.

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

“We had an era of hyper-professional, hyper-scripted and politically predictable politicians on both sides,” Harris told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“He’s a break with that. His deep and enduring authenticity and genuine empathy for people… is his greatest political asset and you can build a prime minister’s job around that.

Labor’s Tony Burke said his “leadership style” and “authenticity” would be similar to that of Bob Hawke.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plays tennis in Marrickville

Mr Morrison got behind the wheel of his Volkswagen while one of his daughters sat in the passenger seat as the couple left Kirribilli House on Saturday

The Prime Minister was quick to send Foreign Secretary Penny Wong to Fiji in her first week on the job to show the new government’s attention to the Pacific islands.

“We need to respond to this because it is China that is seeking to increase its influence in the region of the world where Australia has been the security partner of choice since World War II,” Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese said ‘Australia has dropped the ball’ in its relationship with the islands, largely over Mr Morrison’s stance on climate change, and pledged to re-engage with them.

Many low-lying Pacific islands see climate change as the most pressing and existential threat, while Morrison continues to be a big supporter of Australia’s coal industry.

“We have to offer more support and if not, we can see the consequences of the agreement reached with the Solomons,” he said. “We know China sees this as the first in a long line.”

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

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