A newly upgraded tennis centre in Adelaide will provide a world-class training environment to bolster local participation in the sport.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the revamped Memorial Drive Tennis Centre will continue to support and promote competitive players throughout the state.
“South Australia has a proud tradition of producing professional tennis players and this new centre, which includes improved training and education facilities for clubs, coaches and volunteers, will go a long way towards keeping that tradition alive,” Senator Ruston said.
“The Morrison Government is committed to investing in sporting and community facilities to make our regions even better places to live and work and this great community project supported 45 jobs during construction as well as five ongoing jobs.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrades mean Adelaide now has some of the best facilities in the country.
“The upgraded centre is expected to attract new community interest in the sport, with seven new hardcourt surface tennis courts and the resurfacing of four existing courts, all to International Tennis Federation (ITF)-standard,” Mr McCormack said.
“It also includes an ITF-standard sunken court with tiered seating and capacity for at least 450 spectators to come and enjoy the game.”
Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas said the facility now had a variety of court surfaces to cater to the needs of players, coaches and families.
“The upgraded centre now features 33 top quality tennis courts, including hardcourt, synthetic grass, natural grass and clay. The Clay Court Centre of Excellence includes five new clay surface tennis courts and a pavilion with a presentation area,” Mr Baldas said.
“These state-of-the-art facilities will provide our next generation of tennis players with the opportunity to train on all three Grand Slam surfaces allowing us to continue our proud legacy of producing world-class players.”
This project was jointly funded with the Federal Government investing $9,790,000 and Tennis SA $150,000.