HITTING IT OFF: Trudi Allan's first time playing tennis in Gayndah.
HITTING IT OFF: Trudi Allan's first time playing tennis in Gayndah. Felicity Ripper

Players return serve after tennis break

Tennis: It was a frosty Tuesday night in Gayndah but nothing was stopping the eager players of Gayndah Tennis Club from getting back into the swing of things to have a hit.

Renewed after their break, and with a new face on the courts, players had a tough hit-out in the A-grade fixtures and hope to see their club attract even more interest in the coming weeks.

Trudi Allan is new to Gayndah but having played tennis her whole life she said the sport was a great way to get to know people in the community.

"You don't always get to meet new people just through your job so I thought I'd come along to tennis and combine something I love with a way of meeting new people,” she said.

Social nights are held on Thursdays but club treasurer Ben Slack said that didn't mean Tuesdays weren't social.

"We have Thursday nights for those who want to come and have a go and then, once they're confident enough, they can come along and play A-grade fixtures on Tuesdays,” Mr Slack said.

"We enjoy playing tennis because it not only keeps you active but you get the social side as well.”

The club currently has about 40 members, including juniors who receive coaching from Bundaberg Tennis Academy professional Kevin Banner on Fridays.

Mr Slack said the club had recently struggled for numbers in comparison to the other years.

"We are competing with a lot of other sports which makes it hard,” he said.

"It's also hard that we don't have a resident coach for the juniors. It's great that Kevin Banner comes over once a week but we don't have someone here every weekend drumming up junior coaching.”

Mr Slack said historically Gayndah had always had strong tennis players.

"It comes and goes and I think we're just going through a down turn,” he said.

Gayndah Tennis Club welcomes new members.

Get in touch with Greg Baker on 0408745969.

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