Kyabram Free Press

Tennis club throws courts open to Kyabram

- By Myles Peterson

The Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club on Lake Rd is throwing open its courts to anyone who wants to have a hit for free.

After a gruelling year of lockdowns, the club is keen to hit the ground running for the 2021-22 season and entice new members and old members to pick up a racquet.

Tennis coach and club member David Starling, who has also taken on the role of maintainin­g the grass courts since the tragic loss of the former groundskee­per last December, said he was looking forward to getting life back to normal and seeing more locals enjoying the facilities.

“Because we've all been doing it tough, the plan is for the next two weeks from Wednesday (September 22) to open it up,” Mr Starling said.

“No so-called hire fee will apply. Just come along.”

COVID-SAFE limits will apply, but Mr Starling believes the courts will be able to handle demand.

“At this stage we can have a maximum of 20 people in the complex,” he said.

“We've got 16 grass courts, 18 including the synthetics. By next week we'll probably have seven grass up and running along with the two synthetics, so nine in total to have a hit.”

Anyone is welcome to use the courts during the two-week period, according to Mr Starling, who will also be on site frequently in his roles as coach and groundskee­per.

The free offer comes ahead of the club beginning its competitio­n program later in the year.

The competitio­ns include juniors and seniors respective­ly on Saturday mornings and afternoons. A midweek ladies’ competitio­n and twilight evening competitio­ns are set to commence in October.

“Twilight will look to start probably at the end of October,” Mr Starling said.

“And then of course coaching will start back for group lessons and private lessons.”

For the little ones there is also a Hot Shots program played on a smaller court with an altered scoring system.

“(Hot Shots) is normally Saturday mornings, but we're going to extend it out to probably Friday nights, and we also do a school-based Hot Shots comp,” Mr Starling said.

The level of interest in tennis had grown in 2021, according to Mr Starling, due to the excitement of young players such as Emma

Raducanu breaking into the top ranks and the COVID-SAFE nature of the game.

“If you think of COVIDSAFE sports, I guess you think golf and tennis and fishing,” he said, adding it was a pity such sports that were socially distanced by nature had been caught up in the lockdowns.

Registrati­on for competitio­ns and programs is available at play.tennis.com.au/ kyabramlaw­ntennisclu­b

Alternativ­ely, for adult and twilight competitio­n call Suzi on 0447 536 894, junior competitio­n, Deanne on 0409 523 561, and coaching and Hot Shots, David on 0427 004 457.

 ??  ?? On court: 10.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s Tayla Starling, 10, coach David Starling, Mia Simpson, 12, Miley Morris, 12, Kade Starling,
On court: 10. Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s Tayla Starling, 10, coach David Starling, Mia Simpson, 12, Miley Morris, 12, Kade Starling,
 ??  ?? Rally: Mia Simpson, 12, and Miley Morris, 12, playing on one of Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s synthetic courts.
Rally: Mia Simpson, 12, and Miley Morris, 12, playing on one of Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s synthetic courts.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia