World No.40 Nick Kyrgios has pledged to provide programming support to the new Gungahlin tennis facility, which the ACT Government announced they will commit to building prior to last month’s election.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA and ACT Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry MLA announced that they would support $8 million in investment for the project as a pre-election commitment. The plans for the facility include 12 International Tennis Federation (ITF) specified hard courts, two Tennis Hot Shots courts, along with a multi-lined and multi-use centre court that can be utilised for other sports. There are currently no community tennis clubs in Gungahlin, despite it being identified as Australia’s second fastest growing region (2016), with population forecast to reach approximately 100,000 by 2026.
The project has been over four years in planning and has the strong support of the local community, local schools, Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT.
SMC Strategies have worked in close collaboration with Tennis ACT and Tennis Australia to help deliver the project.