Tennis club swept up in Aus Open
BIG things are happening at the Rochester Lawn Tennis Club in the coming weeks.
Bendigo-based tennis coach Steve Storer started coaching on Monday, January 14 with a number of the Rochy juniors participating in his three-day course.
The club was lucky enough to receive free tickets to the Australian Open thanks to some great work by Hot Shots co-ordinator Rachael Major.
A total of 50 tickets have been snapped up by Hot Shots kids, juniors and a number of senior members.
The club will head to Melbourne for the world class event on Thursday.
In addition, the new courts are ready for use and to celebrate and show off the courts, the club will host an open evening of tennis on Monday, January 21 from 6.30pm.
The club would like to extend an invitation to all past and present members, as well as any interested members of the community to come along to check out the new courts and have a hit on the synthetic grass under the new lights.
Club president Elliott Taylor said the club looked forward to the opportunities the new courts would provide.
‘‘It gives us the option to be able to play year round,’’ he said.
‘‘Having the synthetic courts means there is the option to play games in winter under the new lights, and that will allow us to start up a social competition for the area.
‘‘We hope that would bring in a number of new players who want to be a part of the social aspect of the sport, but hopefully that will have an impact on the number of players that join us during the competition in summer.’’
Taylor said the new courts are in good shape early.
‘‘We’ve had some section two games played on them in competition tennis, and people who have played on them so far said they are great quality and play really well, so that’s great for us.
‘‘It’s been a big investment for the club to get them running, so to have good early results from their use is pretty exciting.’’
The bar will be open and there will be a barbecue running.
The Rochester Lawn Tennis Club Hot Shots are some of the 50 who snapped up tickets to the Australian Open.