Gympie tennis junior Matthew Hanson is put through his paces during the last Holiday Fun Tournament at Reg English.
Gympie tennis junior Matthew Hanson is put through his paces during the last Holiday Fun Tournament at Reg English. Renee Pilcher

Tennis juniors ready to serve fun

GYMPIE and District Tennis Association coach Brett Cottrill says the Easter school holiday period is an ideal opportunity for juniors to sharpen their game.

A Holiday Fun Tournament gets underway today at the Reg English Tennis Centre and will continue with a second instalment on Friday.

While players yet to sign up have missed the deadline for today’s event, Cottrill said there was plenty of time to jump on board for Friday.

“Anyone juniors wanting to get involved are more than welcome to come along Friday,” he said.

“You don’t have to be a member of the club to take part.”

The Holiday Fun Tournament is for juniors of all standards, from beginners through to advanced.

While younger players will be taking part in skills sessions working on the basics of the game, older players will be playing under tournament conditions.

“The younger players will take part in sessions similar to our Hot Shots program,” Cottrill said.

The Hot Shots program uses modified rules and conditions to encourage match play learning from as early as possible.

Lower nets and tennis balls with different air pressure are used to help learn the basic skills.

Today’s session gets underway at the Reg English Tennis Centre at 9am and finishes at 1pm.

The same times apply for Friday.

Interested players wanting to jump on board later in the week can do so by contacting Brett Cottrill on 0417 746 795.

Photos from the first session will be published in tomorrow’s edition of The Gympie Times.

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