INTEREST in tennis in Armidale is definitely on the rise with juniors and veterans alike.
Armidale itself has many promising youngsters who are on the right path for a great career in the sport, many who each year are chosen for state and national events and have high rankings in Australia.
The support of businesses in Armidale is invaluable to the continuation and success of the sport in the region, Armidale tennis coach Justin Sherriff said.
“Without their support we would not be able to run the upcoming McDonald’s Armidale Junior and Open Tennis tournament at the Armidale Tennis Centre,” Sherriff said of next weekend’s tournament.
“The idea is to bring Australian ranked tennis closer to the players in the North West region so we don’t have to continually travel huge distances for tournament tennis play,” he said.
“The amount and standard of tournaments is expected to increase over time as Tamworth already holds two successful events each year at Easter and in September and West Tamworth has applied for another white-ranked tournament.
“With this, a heartfelt thanks to all of event sponsors, who are all actively helping to spur the development of junior tennis in the New England region.
The list includes McDonald’s, Mitsubishi Precision Motors, Roberts and Morrow Accountants, Ozbootz, Armidale Business Centre Physiotherapy, New England Mutual, 2AD Radio Station, Sports Power- Armidale. New sponsors who have come on board this year are The Wicklow Hotel and Ridgey Didge Pies- Armidale.
“We’re especially grateful to our major sponsor, McDonald’s Armidale,” Sherriff said.
“Because of the sponsors’ generosity the tournament is expected to be a great success with more than 110 participants from across NSW and already over 250 entries.
“The tournament is building each year and it has the most players yet over the three years it has run.”
* For further information on tennis in the North West or the upcoming Armidale tennis tournament, contact Sherriff (0423 915850).