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Tennis great officially opens namesake facility

12 January, 2015

More than 100 years of tennis history will be celebrated today with the official opening of the new Roy Emerson Tennis Centre in Milton, by the tennis icon himself.

Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner was joined by Roy Emerson for the official opening, as the sporting hero visited Queensland during the Brisbane International.

Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the opening of the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre was a state of the art tennis facility, part of the $12.6 million upgrade of Frew Park which began in October 2013.

“The former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl site has had a varied history from its beginnings as a forested waterway to its use as a major sporting venue,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Council has transformed the site into a 3.5 hectare parkland which is home to the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre, revealing six full-sized tennis courts, a new state of the art playground to cater for older children, shaded picnic areas, a large grassed open space for daytime sport and recreation, exercise equipment and a car park with 50 car spaces.

“The official opening of the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre showcases Brisbane’s ability to provide state of the art sporting venues and facilities while in the spotlight of the Brisbane International tennis event.”

“This new tennis centre has been named in honour of Queensland-born tennis-great Mr Roy Emerson, who won singles and doubles titles at the Australian Open, French open, US Open and Wimbledon.”

“One of Australia’s greatest players, Roy Emerson played in eight winning Davis Cup Teams and was Australia’s number one amateur player.”

Local Councillor Peter Matic said the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre would be open to the public seven days a week and provide a wide variety of tennis related programs and services including coaching programs, interclub fixtures, holiday clinics, social tennis, Cardio Tennis and Hot Shots, plus a fully stocked pro-shop with a racquet restringing service.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience throughout the construction of Frew Park, and invite residents to come and enjoy the new tennis facility,” Cr Matic said.

For tennis centre enquiries and bookings, visit www.emersontennis.com.au or call on (07) 3367 8585.

For more information on other Council facilities and venues, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] JANUARY 8, 2015

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