Sport

Social sport enjoys boom

ONE of the few sports still available to enjoy in a recreational capacity during lockdown, tennis is continuing at most local centres for participants living within five kilometres.

All competitions are suspended but residents can book to have a social hit for an hour at any of Cumberland Councils tennis sites including Guildford West Sportsground, Central Gardens, Lawson Square and Merrylands Park in Merrylands, Bathurst Street and Bolaro Avenue, Greystanes, Civic Park, Pendle Hill, Dirrabarri Courts, Pemulwuy, Fullagar Road, Wentworthville and Byrnes Street, South Granville.
The Hak family is grateful that son Oliver, 12, an upcoming tennis star who attends a sports high school and normally trains at Sydney Olympic Park five mornings a week, can still meet his coach at the Wentworthville courts a couple of times a week and his friend, Sarav Saggu, 13, another couple of times at Merrylands for a social hit.
Dad Linno said it was a great opportunity for students to have a break from their homeschooling for an hour a day.

“Oliver loves his tennis and misses his other friends and teachers so for him to be able to still enjoy a hit everyday is wonderful,” he said.
Never having played before, Ghada Serhan decided it was time to book a tennis court for her three children – Chantelle, 18, Abraham, 16, and Nicholas, 15.
“They weren’t keen on going but after we had our hour on the courts, they said they had so much fun that they want to learn the rules now,” she said.
“I’m sorry I didn’t take them before; kids have had enough of lockdown and tennis is a great excuse to get out and enjoy yourself while exercising.”
Courts must be booked and paid for in advance at which time you will receive a PIN to access the courts you have booked.
For more, go to cumberland.nsw.gov.au/tennis.