Boost for New Year tennis

THE Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club in Cherry Street is again the major sponsor of the Ballina New Year Open Tennis Tournament and has increased its support of the event so that this January’s event promises to be better than ever.

The Ballina New Year Tournament has attracted top up-and-coming players as it is a forerunner to the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne and the Australian Open.

The tournament will be held from Thursday, January 7, to Sunday, January 10.

Locals are assured of seeing some great tennis, particularly on Saturday and Sunday when the finals will be played.

Ballina Tennis Club secretary Anne Marchment said tennis continues to thrive in Ballina but the majority of club members are seniors.

“Not so long ago district tennis competitions filled all the tennis courts on a Saturday,” she said. “Today there is no district competition hosted at Ballina.

“Tennis is a sport for life, as can be seen by observing some of our 80-year-olds still participating.
“Clubs too can only thrive where members take a real interest in their club.”

The AGM of the Ballina Tennis Club in February is the venue for members to come along to have a voice in the running of the club for 2010.

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