Tennis ACT’s Summer of Tennis is set to kick off with a free, action-packed community event.
Food, entertainment for all ages and of course, tennis for all skill levels will launch what Tennis ACT Marketing, Communications and Partnerships Manager Rochelle Kahlefeldt is predicting will be a fantastic season for the sport across Canberra.
The event will be held on 20 November at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham and will also launch the P2 Advisory Canberra International 2023 tournament.
“It’ll see the tournament return after three years of cancellations due to the bushfires and pandemic,” she says.
“We know people missed it, so we’re looking to make this a real whole-of-community launch.
“We want to kick-start the Summer of Tennis by getting everyone excited.”
The event includes “Tennis Hot Shots”, an introductory program for tennis aimed at kids aged four to 12 years old.
Run by Tennis World Canberra, it will offer free classes with qualified Tennis Australia coaches for the duration of the event.
Qualified coaches will also run “Cardio Tennis” – a chance for adults to pick up a racquet while the kids are occupied on-court.
Gates will open at 10 am and for the two-hour event, local DJs, ballkid activities, roaming characters, face painting and glitter tattoos will create a buzzing vibe – all free of charge.
Tennis fans will have the opportunity to get a photo with the men’s and women’s Australian Open trophies.
There will also be multiple food trucks onsite and tonnes of giveaways, including a free tennis racquet for the first 200 children aged 12 and under through the gates.
“One of our missions at Tennis ACT is to create a colourful world through tennis,” Rochelle says.
“This event does that. There really is something for all ages and no experience is required.”
The event is also a chance to showcase what the Territory and region have to offer those interested in starting or developing their skills in the sport.
“We have 32 clubs across the ACT and the region, so it’s about leveraging those clubs,” Rochelle explains.
“People can check out the range of programs available and, if interested, we can direct them to their nearest club or coach.”
Rochelle says while the event is all about the beautiful sport of tennis, the pressure is off to pick up a racquet for those who just want to be a part of the celebration.
“You don’t have to be interested in playing the sport to participate – this is also just a great community event,” she says.
“Who knows though, you might surprise yourself!”
For more information, visit the Tennis ACT website.