Tennis SA’s Be Active Challenge, Australia’s largest tennis participation carnival, is set to hit new heights in 2015 with the inclusion of the City of Onkaparinga ATP Challenger. The ATP Challenger started on Saturday, 3 January and will conclude on 11 January.
The Challenger, held at the Happy Valley Tennis Club, becomes the 14th event in the Be Active Challenge adding an international flavour with players from 18 different nations competing for a slice of the $50,000 prize money and ATP points on offer.
“To have added an ATP Challenger to the event list for the Be Active Challenge is really exciting and adds an even stronger international element to the fortnight of tennis events ” said Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas.
Amongst the 14 events on offer at the Be Active Challenge is the 2015 WTC Country Carnival starting on Saturday, 10 January. The Country Carnival sees junior and senior players from regional South Australian areas such as Mt Gambier, Murray Bridge, Great Flinders and Pt Augusta competing over six days at Next Generation, Memorial Drive. Over 500 players will compete as part of the Country Carnival with the regional Associations competing for the John Fitzgerald Shield, presented to the best performed regional Tennis Association across the week.
“We have been coming down to the Country Carnival for the past five years and enjoy the chance to play tennis with the kids and always try to get across to the World Tennis Challenge as well” said long time Country Carnival player Leanne Graetz from Lucindale, SA.
Also starting on Saturday is the Les Tapp OAM Junior Inter Association played at venues across Adelaide with players from 17/u to 10/u age group representing their Metropolitan Association for the Les Tapp OAM Shield.
For the young ones, the WTC Kids Tennis Day gets underway from 9am – 11am on Sunday, 11 January at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre. Over 1,200 people are expected to come along to enjoy a wide range of activities including speed serve, jumping castles and appearances by WTC players and Nickelodeon characters.
On Monday, 12 January the WTC Corporate Challenge will be played using the new FAST4 playing format. 36 teams made up of businesses from across Adelaide will compete for the title of 2015 WTC Corporate Challenge Champions at Memorial Drive.
“There are more than six thousand people from overseas, interstate and across regional South Australia involved in the Be Active Challenge as either a player, official, volunteer or spectator. “ said Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas.
“To have so many participation events being run over a two week period is great for the sport and really compliments our major event, the World Tennis Challenge.”
World Tennis Challenge 2015 tickets are now on sale at www.ticketek.com.au/bookadelaide