LET'S PLAY: Gerard Mulligan, Ian Peters, Robyn Waldron and Judy Reardon.
LET'S PLAY: Gerard Mulligan, Ian Peters, Robyn Waldron and Judy Reardon. Sarah Dionysius

Roma's tennis is back in business

Pick up a racquet and a ball and get ready for the official opening of Roma's new tennis courts this Saturday.

Roma Tennis Club's Mark Huntley they were hoping to bring tennis back to the town.

"It's been five months since we started the project and we're excited for the opening on Saturday,” Huntley said.

"We've really got to make an impression on the day because we want people to join in, not just for one day, but to become a part of the club.”

There are six brand new courts, and Huntley said they are a huge improvement on what was previously there.

"It's a first class facility,” he said.

"We are now capable of handling major tournaments, which we will be doing.

"It's international standard, they're new and modern, well lit and it's environmentally friendly as well so it's not going to bother the neighbours at all.”

Baden Waldron, also from the Roma Tennis Club, said he remembered when tennis used to be an integral part of the town.

"There was a lot of tennis clubs and every farmer had a tennis court in his backyard and that's how Australia was so good at tennis,” he said.

"We are hoping to get it back to that and so that's what the day is about.

"It's a family fun day so bring the kids and there's going to be demonstrations of coaching.”

After the official opening, there will be plenty for all ages to do on the day with exhibition matches, novelty events, social tennis, barbecue and drinks on sale, a lucky door prize, jumping castle, face-painting and the sign-on for spring night fixtures.

Coach Matt Bourke will also be there to answer any coaching related questions.

Where and when: Roma and District Tennis Club. Saturday, gates open at 3pm with the official opening at 3.30pm.


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