Ten­nis club swept up in Aus Open

Campaspe News - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: Sub­mit­ted.

The Rochester Lawn Ten­nis Club Hot Shots are some of the 50 who snapped up tick­ets to the Aus­tralian Open.

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