Ken Wray - At the net

The real Australian tennis tradition

Well here we go again, for four weeks in January we get a glut of top tennis on our televisions, the Hopman Cup, and tournaments on the Gold Coast and in Adelaide, the Medibank title in Sydney and the Aussie Open. Inspired by these big television events we regularly see people coming down to the courts with their old wooden and steel racquets and a couple of non bouncing balls from the cheap shop. What follows is 25 minutes of frustration in the baking heat of the Aussie sun, then they pack up and go home to the air conditioned lounge to watch how easy it looks. Its great to see people inspired by the brilliance and enthusiasm of the pros but it can create false expectations.

Untrained players shouldnt expect to be able to stand on the baseline and belt the ball back and forward in long rallies. Learners should just try to get a bit of a rally going. The game is much more fun if you can keep the ball going back and forward in any fashion rather then picking the ball out of the back fence all day.

The obvious solution is to get some help. Most local tennis clubs have a tennis coach that either works at the club or maybe comes to the club once or twice a week. Find out from the club who this person is, contact them and you will be surprised how quickly you can pick up the basics and start to enjoy this wonderful sport.

If anyone is having trouble contacting their local club or accessing local tennis courts or finding a coach please contact me, my details are in this article.

Calendar of events

Next week I would like to feature a brief, but thorough calendar of upcoming events in our region but I need the help of all the local tennis club organisers. Any clubs wishing to have their events promoted in The Echo phone me on 6622 7705 or 0402 958 943 or email me at

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