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Sunday, 5 November 2017

SERVING UP NEW TENNIS COURTS AND PAVILION IN BENDIGO

The first stage of Bendigo Tennis Centre’s upgrade is now complete, with a new pavilion and four revamped courts ready for action.    

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, joined members of the Bendigo Tennis Association today to officially open the new facilities, made possible by a $2.4 million Victorian Government grant.   

Host of the Bendigo Festival of Tennis, Bendigo Bank Winter JT and AMT Tennis Tournament, the Bendigo Tennis Centre is a vibrant regional tennis hub. 

It’s also home to the Bendigo Tennis Association, Bendigo Tennis Academy, Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport tennis program as well as all-abilities tennis events and a training centre for regional players and coaches.

More than 70,000 locals use the centre each year – and these upgrades will make it bigger and better. 

The upgrade features four upgraded competition show courts with lighting, a new pavilion with administration and tournament offices, accessible change areas, canteen and multi-purpose rooms, and upgrades to car parking and landscaping.  

Construction on Stage Two will start next year, including the installation of lighting and a plexi-cushion playing surface on a further seven courts, three new hot shot courts to teach kids how to play tennis, and an undercover grand stand seating 400 people.

The new facilities will strengthen local tennis and future bids to stage a wider array of major WTA, ATP and ITF tournaments in Bendigo.

Ms Edwards thanked project partners the City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Tennis Association, Tennis Australia and the Federal Government.  

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We’re proud to deliver four great new show courts and a modern pavilion here at the Bendigo Tennis Centre.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

These upgrades will go a long way towards attracting the big tennis events and helping local clubs cater for the growing numbers keen to get on the court.”

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