Morgan Milburn, 15, practices with a jumbo racquet.
Morgan Milburn, 15, practices with a jumbo racquet. JOCELYN WATTS

Tennis fun day is a hit

THE HEAT didn’t keep the tennis players of the Fraser Coast from attending a fun day hosted by Maryborough tennis coach Bruce Rayner on the weekend.

“It was very well attended,” Rayner said.

About 100 players, some travelling from as far away as Biggenden to be there, attended the fun day, which saw players compete to a time limit, play ball with jumbo racquets, test their speeds against a radar gun and practice their shots with a ball machine.

“The highlight was definitely the radar gun,” Rayner said.

“Everyone was trying to beat their mates.”

Testing their service speed turned out to be a bit harder than expected for those who opted to give it a go.

Rayner said they soon found out it was better to relax than try to smash the ball.

He was pretty impressed by the speeds and said many of the players were now even more impressed by the speeds the professionals were able to reach on their service.

Patrick Banney served the fastest on the day with 175km and Morgan Milburn was second with 163km.

Rayner said the day, which was supported by Tennis Australia, was a great chance to capitalise on the sport’s high profile after the Australian Open.

“The main thing is people had a chance to play tennis,” Rayner said.

It was also an opportunity for people to sign up for regular lessons and Rayner said several had chosen to do this.

“It’s something we would like to do again next year,” Rayner said of the fun day.

All 15 courts were in use on the day and Rayner said players aged from 4 to 60 participated in the day.

“It was predominantly juniors but there was a mix of adults and juniors.”



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