It’s official – Australia has got tennis fever. With the Open kicking off in Melbourne this week, fans across the nation are rallying behind born and bred Canberran, Nick Kyrgios, as he stakes his claim to the title.
Inspired to learn more and get involved, we spoke with Robbie Manzano, Director of Tennis Canberra, to find out why the city is the perfect place to pick up a racquet.
“There has been a brilliant uptake of tennis in Canberra over the past few years,” Robbie says, “there are so many young, passionate tennis coaches on the scene right now, and we’ve seen significant upgrades to historic clubs across the city.”
In fact, when it comes to facilities, you can find somewhere to play pretty much anywhere across Canberra, with the clubs at Barton, Dickson, Reid and Turner recently being renovated, and a huge investment into the Canberra Tennis Centre at Lyneham.
“Physically, Canberra is very well set up for tennis,” Robbie says, “the excellent facilities and rising community interest mean the city is starting to attract international tournaments. This is really exciting to see, as it helps to promote tennis at a grassroots level and get the community passionate about the sport.”
But it’s not all about winning titles. Community is a very important part of the game, with Canberrans making new friends and building networks on and off the court.
“It really is a sport you can play for life. We have people playing from age 3 to 90, and new Canberra communities are building and strengthening through a mutual love of tennis. You don’t have to be professional to get involved, just pick up a racquet and knock about with some mates.”
Life-long Canberran Nick Kyrgios has been a great inspiration to a generation of players here. Even if you won’t be playing on the world stage any time soon, there are plenty of options to play and learn across the whole city. Get in touch with your local club to get on court in 2018, and get cheering for Nick in the Aussie Open.