Hobart gets its serve on

TENNIS Australia’s Open Court Sessions have proved a hit at the Domain Tennis Club, with more adults getting on the court and involved in tennis.

The Open Court Sessions, launched nationwide during the Australian Open, are designed to bring more players into the game.

“The idea is to bring people into tennis clubs who have either played tennis before and are getting involved in the sport again or introducing people to the game,” Open Court Sessions Domain Tennis Club coordinator Tony Blom said.

“It’s very social so the participants have a hit and bit of fun.

“We have music going while the session is on and we play a bunch of fun games on court.”

Players participate in a range of activities that put a spin on the traditional game such as triples, mini court tennis and pickleball.

Ellen Brooksbank has been participating in the sessions at the Domain Tennis Club and said it was an enjoyable way to get into tennis.

“Tennis can be intimidating as a beginner to come in and play at a club, and this is a good way to come in with other beginners to get a feel for it and see that it is more a social thing,” she said.

“Everybody is here to have fun – the games are great, and they level the playing field.”

Thirty three tennis clubs in Tasmania are serving up Open Court Sessions, with all equipment provided and players matched up so there’s no need to find a doubles partner.

Domain Tennis Club is running Open Court Sessions each Wednesday at 6pm.

The cost is $20 and includes 50 minutes of fun modified tennis games followed by a social barbecue and drinks.

To sign up, visit play.tennis.com.au.

Caption: Participants enjoy the Open Court Sessions at the Domain Tennis Centre.

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