- Friday 22 August 2014
A tennis talent factory that’s produced 10 world number ones will set up camp in Caloundra next year.
The world famous Nick Bolleteiri Tennis Academy, whose graduates include the Williams sisters, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova will host a junior training camp at the revamped Caloundra Tennis Centre from April 2-6.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said it was among many aces the new facility would serve up for sport on the Sunshine Coast.
“Tennis Australia has identified the Sunshine Coast as a high priority for a regional standard tennis facility,” Cr Dwyer said.
“As a result of this, council’s Central Park Sport and Recreation Precinct Master Plan will include expansion of the current Caloundra Tennis Centre to become the Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre – a facility capable of attracting and hosting international events.
“Council received a $773,000 grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund along with contributions from Tennis Australia and Tennis Queensland towards Stage 1 of this project that is now underway and includes construction of nine new courts including a showcourt and additional car parking.
“This first stage of works is expected to be complete by December.”
Caloundra Tennis Centre Club Professional Matthew Deverson said the new facility would provide unprecedented opportunities for local tennis players and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
“The Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre will be capable of hosting future ATP and WTA Challenger level tournaments and bidding for Davis Cup and Federation Cup ties to be played here,” Mr Deverson said.
“For youngsters this facility will provide amazing opportunities like the Bolleteiri Camp next year and future ITF junior world ranking tournaments will also be held here.
“The new centre will also be able to cater for more local competitions, schools and social tennis so more people on the Sunshine Coast will be able to play the game and watch elite level events at a facility that is first class.
“Stage 2 of the tennis centre will include installation of clay courts which are quite rare in Australia and a purpose built ‘hot shots’ court for junior programs.
"Stage 3 will see development of a new modern clubhouse and viewing platforms.”
The new tennis centre is being delivered as part of the Caloundra Central Park Sport and Recreation Precinct Master Plan.
The master plan aims to create a premier destination for sport and recreation over the next 15 years. Future developments will cater for a range of sports including rugby union, junior rugby league, cricket, gymnastics, boxing, aquatic sports, mallet sports, badminton and bridge.