Ararat and Maryborough Tennis Associations unite to keep country tennis alive

In a plan to increase tennis interest the Ararat and Maryborough Tennis Associations will trial inter-association games throughout the 2019-2020 season.

A meeting was held last night in Ararat between the associations to plan the draw and how best to run the competition.

Representatives from both associations at last nights meeting.
PHOTO: Aimee Harrison

Ararat and District Tennis Association President Melissa Murnane said that rebuilding interest was the major reason for the decision that has been in discussion for some time.

“Due to reducing numbers seen in tennis throughout the last couple of years we are taking action to keep country tennis alive,” Murnane said.

“We are going to incorporate the inter-association games into our own season later in the year to trial the response and to see how such a merger could work.”

Maryborough and District Tennis Association President President Mark McLay and Ararat and District Tennis Association President Melissa Murnane at last nights meeting.
PHOTO: Aimee Harrison

Both associations will start separately in October for two rounds, before playing three rounds of inter-league games.

They will then go their separate ways again and discuss the possibility of continuing such a plan and merging the following year.

“We will play all of their five teams before Christmas then discuss how it went and see if a complete merge is an option,” Mrs Murnane said.

“All representatives from each team were eager to give it a go and see how it all works.”