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Tennis clubs offer an opportunity to fall in love

Members of the Marlborough TC get right behind the “Love Tennis” promotion. Photo: Supplied.

Love may mean nothing when it comes to scoring tennis matches, but Marlborough’s tennis clubs are encouraging Kiwis to “Love Tennis” during a nationwide open weekend on September 7-8.

More than 120 clubs, including the Marlborough and Rapaura clubs in this province, will be taking part in Love Tennis, opening their gates from 1-4pm each day for free fun, giveaways and entertainment.

Due to the fact they are based on grass courts, the Rapaura club will be staging their “Love Tennis” promotion three weeks later than the other 128 participants, on September 28-29.

The Marlborough club will run the promotion on Saturday and Sunday, along with the rest of the country. Tennis equipment will be provided free of charge and the club will offer games, prizes, a BBQ and giveaways.

The event is aimed at introducing tennis to a wider audience and engaging with people of all ages.

“Love Tennis” national open weekend builds on the success of regional events hosted in the Lower North Island and Canterbury over recent years.

Bill Taylor, president of the Marlborough Tennis Club, encourages locals to come along and try their hand.

“If you are looking for fun couple of hours, a bit of exercise and enjoy ball games give tennis a try at the Marlborough Tennis Club.

“All ages and all abilities catered for. Those new to tennis are particularly welcome – racquets and balls provided on site.

“Existing players can test their serve speed and also the accuracy of their shots.

“We have great tennis facilities and the club promotes friendly competition, a healthy fitness and social games – come and take advantage of these two introductory days.

“Sign in on either day and get free entry to the draw for complimentary tickets to the ASB Auckland Classic in January, 2020.

All “Love Tennis” attendees across New Zealand have the chance to win one of six trips for two to the Classic, enjoying the action from Tennis New Zealand’s corporate suite.

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