Clubs open for Love Tennis Weekend

Nora Paicu (15, left) and Erin O'Neill (14) take part in the Love Tennis Weekend 2020 event at the Mornington Roslyn Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

The girls were the club’s top female junior players, president Cynthia Winkworth said.

More than 200 tennis clubs across the country were opened free to the public on Saturday and yesterday between 1pm and 4pm, to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to get involved with the sport.

Four Dunedin clubs took part, including the Mornington and Roslyn club, which had more than 100 people show up.

The day showcased some of the activities the club offered, including the Hot Shots Community Play programme, which was for children aged 4-12 and helped them to develop core skills in a "fun way", Ms Winkworth said.

It was an important day to welcome new and returning players and show people it was a sport for all ages and abilities.

"In a Covid world, it is also a really good social sport.

"Tennis was one of the first sports allowed back in session after lockdown."

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