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Summertime tennis is just the shot for kids

Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

Junior tennis gets underway at O’Neill Park on Saturday. Junior tennis gets underway at O’Neill Park on Saturday.

Tennis professionals like Australia’s Sam Stosur might be winding down their seasons but Broken Hill’s own budding stars are just getting started.

After a long winter hiatus another stint of junior tennis gets underway on Saturday at the home of BH tennis, the O’Neill Park Complex.

The fun and games begin at 6pm for children who will take to the supergrass courts for coaching or some casual round robin games under lights.

Co-convenor Lee Robertson said yesterday that the hour-long coaching session was aimed at the school-age beginner and was very popular.

“The kids are taken through the basics to help them develop some of the skills that they need to play the game,” she said.

“The MLC Hotshots program helps achieve this through the use of smaller nets and low compressions balls, which makes it easier for young children to hit the ball over the net.”

Mrs Robertson said tennis was a great sport to learn because people could play and enjoy it for many years.

“Tennis can be very sociable and it is a life sport that, once learned, can be enjoyed at almost any age.” 

For juniors looking for a game, Saturday night also offers them the chance to have a casual hit of doubles and singles under lights from 6pm.

“We’ve been getting about a dozen or so high school kids out playing in this format,” Mrs Robertson said. 

“They pair up and play a few games of doubles or singles.

“It’s not serious but more about having some fun and getting kids off the lounge or away from the computer and outside exercising. 

“It would be great to see some more come out for a hit.

“Quite a few parents come down and watch their children but they are welcome to leave them. 

“We have some racquets available for kids who don’t have one and there are full canteen facilities.

“We ask the children to be at the courts at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.”

For more information call Lee on 0413 396 000 or Andrew on 0459 063 630.

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