Ipswich coach Dan Swords prepares for a hectic eight weeks.
Ipswich coach Dan Swords prepares for a hectic eight weeks.

Quality tournaments benefit city

FOR TFP Academy Ipswich coach Dan Swords, the exciting tennis ahead has multiple benefits.

Apart from bringing much needed money into the Ipswich economy, the tournaments will give junior and senior players vital opportunities to enhance their status and points for bigger events in the future.

“It will be the best kids and adults in the country and up and coming talent playing here,” Swords said.

“It’s just a good stepping stone for them.

“The centre will be running for 16 hours a day.

“It’s good for the community of Ipswich.

“Last year they raised about $3 million for the local economy – hotels, people hiring cars, going to restaurants.”

This weekend’s Queensland junior clay court event will cater for players aged 10-16 years. Finals are scheduled for Monday.

The Queensland Open Championships which follow at Leichhardt will give older players an ideal build-up to the national events.

Meanwhile, Swords is looking for 30 regional ball boys and girls to offer their services for the Pro Tour event later this month.

Kids are required for the first training session on March 31 at the Alder courts.

They will then be required for twilight sessions on Friday, April 1, and all day for weekend play on April 2-3.

“It’s good experience, particularly if you are a tennis player,” Swords said.

“You get close to the players.”

Interested people can contact Swords on 0417 889042.

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