Brassall bid to bring the people
TENNIS doesn't get much cheaper than the deal currently on offer at the Ipswich Grammar Tennis Centre in Brassall.
Taking over as IGS tennis directors, former students Lincoln and Zach Remar are taking a 'free ride' approach to getting more people through their gates.
Offering unlimited free court hire until the end of February, Lincoln Remar said the school wanted everyone to experience their top-class facilities for themselves.
"Wherever you come from, when you come through those gates everyone's jaw hits the floor,” Remar said. "Hopefully by people coming here and having an unreal experience they will do all the talking for us.
"For anyone who hasn't played here before, they can ring up and we'll put them in a class for free. We just want to get people active and outdoors, it's the holidays so it's a perfect time for people looking for something to do.”
Former Queensland champions themselves, Lincoln said he and his brother were hoping to establishing a legacy at the Brassall centre.
"We both came through the IGS system and were both ranked the number one in Queensland for Open Mens,” he said. "We've spent our whole lives committing ourselves to tennis and now just we want to give back.”
With everyone's eyes firmly on the Australian Open and Ipswich powerhouse Ash Barty, the summer holidays have traditionally seen a big boost in participation across Australia.
Hoping to identify another generation of Ipswich stars, the brothers are throwing a Talent Search and Coaching fun day, from 8.30am until 1pm on Sunday.
Regardless of previous experience, Remar said the centre had coaching packages and Tennis Australia prizes to give away to any player they believe has some natural ability.
"Whether they have played before or not, they don't have to be the best player on the day,” he said. "You can usually tell just by the way a player moves around the court and their contact with the ball.
"They might not have the right technique because they haven't had lessons before, but certain things stand out that tell us this player has some serious talent.”
With a team of hard- working groundsmen, and a Pro Shop to help kit out any budding player, Remar said the facilities were just waiting to be utilised.
"Tennyson only have four courts out of their 24 with full lights and we have all six,” he said. "At night this place is absolutely the best. "I've never played at a centre that is so good everywhere. They are ATP standard courts so we can even have tour events here.”
Talent Search and Coaching fun day:
From 8am to 1pm on Sunday at the Ipswich Grammar School Brassal Tennis Club.
Free day and night court hire.
Prizes from Tennis Australia, plus coaching packages.
Sausage sizzle at the clubhouse.