Sam inspires on and off the court
Samantha Stosur’s inspirational run to the French Open final is set to not only encourage the next generation of tennis players, but also drive the development of top tennis facilities.
Stosur’s commitment to giving more young Australians the opportunity to play tennis led to her role as ambassador for Tennis Australia’s Courts and Facilities program, a role she took up in February.
“This is a very exciting time for tennis in Australia,” Stosur said.
“We have a chance to really develop and foster tennis facilities around the nation and give every child the chance to play and enjoy tennis, a sport that has given me so much.
“Tennis Australia’s National Court Rebate Scheme is helping achieve this with 860 courts already approved for upgrades and more than $137 million generated in funding for facilities in the past two years.
“If we can keep building new courts and fixing some of those that are in need of repair it will give kids more and more opportunities to play tennis on quality surfaces.
“Building tennis courts in communities is the best way to continue stimulating tennis at the grass roots and I want people to be able to discover tennis in their own neighbourhood.
“It is a great social activity for every age group and a fantastic way to keep active and fit.
“Tennis clubs are such an intrinsic part of rural communities and my hope is that these upgrades will encourage even more people to get out and enjoy the game and get the same amount of enjoyment from tennis as I have.”
In the past month funding has been approved for Basterfield Park, Bulleen and Wonga Park Tennis Clubs in Victoria, Washpool, Bundaleer, Laura and Peak Gardens Riverside Tennis Clubs in South Australia, Gympie and District Tennis Association in Queensland and Springs Tennis Association in the Northern Territory.