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Statewide Civil Constructs New Tennis Centre Second to None

02 October 2015

Statewide Civil - Director with the Blacktown Tennis Inc Secretary 

IT'S hoped Stanhope Gardens will be making a "racquet" by this time next year as the home of tennis in Blacktown City.

The $15 million facility of 15 playing courts and one centre court with seating for 1000 spectators is expected to be ready by March next year.

Blacktown Council funded most of the cost, apart from a $25,000 state government grant.

The complex has the potential to expand to 28 courts.

Seven Hills-based company Statewide Civil started construction last week.

Blacktown Tennis Inc has lobbied for better facilities for many years.

"It's beyond my wildest dreams," secretary Yvonne Tucker said.

"Blacktown Council and Blacktown Tennis Inc will be in possession of the most magnificent tennis facility in metropolitan Sydney and dare I say it, NSW. It will enable local athletes to practise and train on a facility that's second to none."

She described the current state of tennis in Blacktown as "barely hanging on" due to the lack of multi-court facilities, which has prevented the association from hosting tournaments.

"The eight courts in Balmoral Street, Blacktown were past their use-by date 15 years ago," Mrs Tucker said.

"We have a membership of 150 but there are players who live within our boundary who choose to play elsewhere because of the lack of quality facilities."

Mrs Tucker believes it will help boost the sport's profile.

"It will enable us to showcase the sport at the highest level to the people of NSW," she said.

Mayor Stephen Bali believes the centralised location will attract top coaches to the area.

Metropolitan media recently reported that the state government is looking to build an indoor tennis stadium and is exploring sites such as Darling Harbour and Moore Park.

Cr Bali called on Premier Mike Baird to consider an expanded Stanhope Gardens complex.

"It's a no-brainer — it's close to the M7 and M4 and we have plenty of open space" he said.

"We host the NSW Golf Open, elite baseball and softball and Western Sydney Wanderers, so adding tennis would be an ideal mix. Why would you look anywhere else?"


Article first published by the Blacktown Sun on March 2, 2015.

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