Dear Tennis Victoria Community,
Welcome to the March Edition of the Tennis Victoria News.
It is a privilege that I write to you as the Acting CEO of Tennis Victoria following the recent resignation of Ruth Holdaway MBE. Having worked with Tennis Victoria for over a decade I have been fortunate to develop great relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders across the industry. The Tennis Victoria Board and Staff are committed to working with and supporting our stakeholders on providing more playing opportunities that give players great long-lasting experiences.
Being part of a Tennis Community, my daughter and I playing weekly, working with a dedicated team of staff and passionate stakeholders, I thoroughly enjoy what this sport provides. I look forward to what we can achieve for the next 12 months together as we continue on the momentum from a successful start to 2021.
I hope you all were able to tune in to the Tennis and see our many areas of Victoria featured in the Australian Open lead in tournaments in early February. From Ash Barty winning the Yarra Valley Classic, through to Grigor Dimitrov who had a call with Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club – it was great to see Victorian Clubs represented on an international stage.
The Australian Open Trophies (Daphne & Norm) also went on a journey throughout Victoria – you’ll see some familiar Victorian places throughout the AO on the Road series which aired last week.
Congratulations to our colleagues at Tennis Australia who in delivering the 2021 Australian Open showed the world that a major Grand Slam Tournament is possible during a pandemic.
Congratulations also to Victorian Dylan Alcott who made it seven AO championships in a row! Together with fellow Victorian Heath Davidson, Dylan also won the Quad Wheelchair Doubles.
While we were disappointed that the Statewide 5 day lockdown lead to the cancellation of our very own Country Week, we are pleased to have announced that the much loved event will return to Swan Hill in 2022.
Our Tennis Victoria team also went to visit the bushfire affected communities of Cudgewa and Corryong last weekend hosting events with local schools and community groups.
At a community level tennis continues to be a popular sport for people to pick up a racquet and have a hit. We have 172 clubs across Victoria who have gone live with the court booking module as part of our ClubSpark system. The month of January we saw a total of 31,240 participants book a court to play. To find out more about ClubSpark and how your club can get involved please click here
March is sure to be a big month of Tennis; off the court we are running our final sessions with stakeholders as we work toward our strategy for Tennis 2025 and on the court we have our Victorian Clay Court National Championship qualifiers at Dingley and our Victorian Grass Court Championships in Geelong.
Until next time, enjoy your Tennis!
– Adam Crameri