Any­one for ten­nis?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IF THE next in­ter­na­tional ten­nis cham­pion is liv­ing in Ju­lat­ten, they now have a bet­ter chance of mak­ing it through to the Aus­tralian Open.

That’s be­cause the Ju­lat­ten Ten­nis Cen­tre has just laid down a new Re­bound Ace court, just like they use at the Rod Laver Arena in Mel­bourne.

Well, al­most.

“The new sur­face is a Re­bound Ace prod­uct,” Ju­lat­ten Ten­nis pres­i­dent Alan Lane said.

“It’s not ex­actly the same sur­face they use in Mel­bourne, that’s a thicker sur­face with a rub­berised base.

“We also cov­ered the con­crete sur­round. Pre­vi­ously there was a change of sur­face when you left the court, which could be a bit dan­ger­ous.”

Aside from be­ing safer than the old one, the new $14,500 sur­face also looks strik­ing.

Mr Lane said he hoped the tour­na­ment-qual­ity court would get a work­out dur­ing the club’s come and try day on Sun­day.

“We’ll be pro­vid­ing balls and rac­quets, and try­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to get into ten­nis, or get back into ten­nis,” he said. “You don’t have to be a cer­tain phys­i­cal type, and you only need one other per­son to have a game.”

The Come and Try day is on at the Ju­lat­ten Ten­nis Cen­tre at Ger­aghty Park on Sun­day, 15 Au­gust from 10am to 4pm.

Ready for ac­tion: ten­nis coach Alan Lane

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