$3.5m tennis centre opens

THE NEW Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre at Victoria Park will come alive this weekend when the official opening of the centre coincides with the 2010 Queensland Junior Masters finals.

Starting at 8am today, the Masters finals will feature eight Queensland regions doing battle for the prestigious Ken Hick/Murray Whitbread Trophy.

There will be 128 of Queensland’s best young players taking to the courts over the two days, not only battling it out for the team trophy but also for individual glory in the eight events on offer – the 11, 13, 15 and 17 and under girls’ and boys’ singles events.

Representing the Central region are Brendan Schultz, Patrick Harper, Hillary Tjandramulia, Grace Nocher, Mitch Harper, Callum Henderson, Brittany Zipf, Phoebe O’Brien, Ignacio Keil, Jack Smith, Annie Donaldson, Morgan Cullen, Andrew Jones, Stanley Grubb, Meg Tweed and Georgia Tweed.

The Gold Coast is the defending teams champion, but according to Central Region’s community tennis officer Ken Hick the Central region has a big chance to take the title.

Rockhampton tennis players have no excuses for not hitting the courts, with the centre now boasting 24 courts, including 19 new hard courts.

Along with the upgraded courts, a new clubhouse has been built as part of the $3.5 million upgrade, giving Rockhampton the biggest tennis centre in Queensland.

The project has been a joint venture between the Queensland Government, Rockhampton Regional Council and Tennis Queensland and will be officially opened at 1pm by Queensland Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten.

The program starts with a welcome speech by Rockhampton Regional Council Sport and Recreation chairwoman Councillor Cherie Rutherford.

An exhibition match featuring some of Queensland’s finest young talent will start at the conclusion of the official activities at 2pm.

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