Picton club proves tennis is still a popular sport

If passion is the measure of success then Picton Tennis Club has it in spades.

The local sporting club has continued to grow despite the sport’s lagging popularity in the Macarthur region.

Club president Alison Radford said the sport was attractive for families and individuals alike.

“We have hundreds and hundreds of members,” she said.

“I think that is mostly because this region is full of families.

“Tennis is a very family friendly sport – it’s something the kids can play on the same court as mum and dad.

“They can play as doubles partners or verse each other in singles games.”

The club has grown so much that it recently received a $27,400 grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

Picton Tennis Club matched the funding to resurface two of the courts at its Downing Street tennis centre.

The tennis courts are used by thousands of players of all ages and skill levels through out the year. 

Ms Radford said the courts had become old and worn with a number of small areas collecting water.

“We are thrilled with the end result,” she said.

“All nine courts have now been resurfaced in the last three years so we can continue to provide the Wollondilly community with a high quality tennis facility.”

The tennis club is one of the regions oldest tennis clubs with links back to the 1880s.

Ms Radford said the club offered a wide range of tennis opportunities for all levels of ability.

“We have people at the club who are 80 and kids as young as three years old,” she said.

“We have tiny tots for kids, carido tennis, Hotshots coaches and lessons for more senior players.

“We host national competition which brings on average about 220 players to Picton from all over the state and the country.”

Ms Radford said tennis was a great sport.

“It’s a great game to play at any age,” she said.

“It’s for your health, it’s a form of exercise, it’s good for families and there is a large social aspect to it as well.”

The club will hold an open day on Saturday, September 22 from 10am.

All proceeds raised from the barbecue and raffle at the event will be donated to the Dilly Drought Drive.

“Come down and try out one of our tennis events,” Ms Radford said.

“It will be a lot of fun and games.”