Tennis NSW President Greg Doyle and new CEO Lawrence Robertson were joined by the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Sports Minister and Tennis Australia Director of Performance Wally Masur to officially open the first indoor training facility at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre today.
The new indoor structure is the first purpose-built indoor training facility for tennis in the Sydney metropolitan region. The new two court structure will assist aspiring NSW athletes, provide an indoor training environment for NSW Major Events and encourage community participation year-round at the Sydney Olympic Park site.
“This state-of-the-art centre will not only benefit some of the world’s best tennis players at the Sydney International in January, but it will also help improve Sydney’s chances for hosting Fed and Davis Cup ties or Australian Pro Tour events in the future,” Minister Ayres said.
Mr Lawrence, in his first official act as CEO, described the announcement as a very exciting day for tennis in NSW.
“As the home of tennis in NSW, it is only fitting that this purposed-built training facility has opened at Sydney Olympic Park. The new covered courts will not only support the on-going development of our high performance athletes through the work of the National Academy but will also offer the wider tennis community in Sydney weather proof tennis year round at very affordable prices.”
Given the unpredictability of NSW weather, the introduction of indoor courts are vital to increasing the viability of tennis and its delivery by allowing the scheduling of events and competions year-round.
The project has been in planning for the past two years and was completed late last month. The indoor structure comprises two international standard Plexi-Cushion courts and event standard LED lighting.
The new facility is a joint initiative between Tennis Australia, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Tennis NSW.