27 September 2020 | Tennis SA

The State Foundation Cup will return to Berri, South Australia for the seventh consecutive year, with 152 players expected to take part in the four day event this week.

Tennis SA, in conjunction with the Berri Tennis Club, will host the event from Monday 28 September to Thursday 1 October 2020.

The State Foundation Cup will see teams from six country regions across the state take part in 10, 13, 15 and 17/u age groups, in both team and individual events. The selected players will be accompanied by two Tennis Australia qualified coaches from within their region.

The event has a strong focus on the development pathway for junior regional players, engaging them in competitive opportunities to prepare them for their future in tennis.

“In what continues to be a difficult year, we are pleased that the State Foundation Cup will go ahead with protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all participants,” Dylan Hicks, Tennis SA Head of Tournaments and Competitions said.

“Tennis SA has worked hard on the pathway and support structures in place for our regional players and coaches.

“The State Foundation Cup event provides the perfect chance to bring our country regions together and create stronger links to the year-round opportunities Tennis SA has on offer.

“Our sincere thanks to the Berri Tennis Club for their continued support in hosting this event.”

The individual tournament component of the State Foundation Cup has in past years seen players earn the right to represent Regional South Australia at the national level, however due to the COVID pandemic, selected players will play in a brand-new City vs Country event to be held in Adelaide in December 2020.

Health and safety protocols

  • Region specific zones allocated to minimise interactions
  • Players to use their own equipment, including racquet and drink bottle
  • Minimal personnel on site
  • Additional hygiene practices and measures in place, including encouraging frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitiser
  • Thorough cleaning practices
  • Players will change ends on opposite sides of the net and will tap racquet instead of shaking hands
  • A COVID Marshal will be in attendance at all times.