26 September 2021 | Tennis SA

The hitting wall at Memorial Park Tennis Complex in Bordertown is undergoing a makeover as part of a nationwide Hitting Wall Project.

The Hitting Wall Project, launched in collaboration with Tennis Australia, will see hitting walls revamped across the country as part of an initiative designed to increase community participation in tennis off the back of soaring participation in 2020/21.

The hitting wall at Memorial Park Tennis Complex has been redesigned in a special art project by Mount Gambier-based artist Anthony Hamilton, in close collaboration with local tennis participants.

The two-sided mural features a solar system theme on one side, with a Bordertown Show theme on the other, both incorporating targets for participants to aim at.

The Hitting Wall Project will be completed in the coming weeks, with the finished product to be unveiled on Saturday 16 October.

“We are thrilled to see our Memorial Park Tennis Complex hitting wall being revamped,” Tatiara Tennis Association Junior Secretary and Competition Coordinator Jodie Wegener said.

“It came as such a surprise to have our venue selected, but we have had such fun working with Anthony and being involved in the project.

“We can’t wait to unveil the finished product in the coming weeks.”

“With more than 450 hitting walls at affiliated venues and clubs across Australia, and hundreds more in community parks and public settings, hitting against a wall is a great way for people of all ages to have fun, stay active and improve their tennis skills,” Tennis Australia Chief Tennis and Members Officer Tom Larner said.

“Tennis has hit record participation milestones over the past 12 months and this initiative is yet another way to further galvanise potential players of all ages to pick up a racquet and have a hit.”

List of walls being updated as part of phase one Hitting Wall rollout

State Location What Artist
VIC Dendy Park, Brighton East, Melbourne Mural of Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott Paink
QLD Noosa Tennis Club, Noosa Mural of Evonne Goolagong Cawley Paink and Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas
NSW Junee Tennis Club, Junee Indigenous Mural by Wiradjuri artist Owen Lyons – Wiradjuri Art
WA Mingenew Tennis Club, Mingenew Historical tennis mural with Australian flora and fauna Shakey, Jacob Butler
SA Memorial Park Tennis Complex, Bordertown Urban futuristic mural Anthony Hamilton
TAS Glenorchy Tennis Club, Hobart Vibrant street art mural Jamin
ACT Southlands Tennis Club, Canberra Play Tennis mural Happy Decay
NT Gardens Tennis Centre, Darwin Indigenous mural by Larrakia artist BidjiPidji Art, Jason Lee

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