Nine-year-old, Zavier Morris, has seen some big-name tennis players in action during his time, usually travelling to Adelaide to catch a glimpse of his favourite stars.
But this summer, the pros will come to him, with the City of Playford Tennis International returning to the Playford Tennis Centre at Elizabeth East.
After a three-year hiatus, the tournament, which is part of the Australian Pro Tour, will be held from 24 October until 30 October.
It will be the fourth international men’s and women’s tournament hosted by the Playford Tennis Centre, which is a lead-in competition for the Australian Open.
For young tennis fans like Zavier, who lives in Andrews Farm, it is a chance to see elite athletes competing in his own backyard. The tournament has hosted players like reigning Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina, who was runner up at the 2019 City of Playford Tennis International.
As well as hosting elite tournaments, the Tennis Centre runs comprehensive junior development programs, social tennis and private lessons, creating pathways for young players to excel and encouraging players of all levels to participate.
“I’ve made lots of friends here through tennis,” said Zavier. “I love doing volleys and smashes and I’m working on improving my serves.”
Keep up the great work Zavier — and who knows, we may just see your name in the drawat the City of Playford Tennis International in years to come!
City of Playford Tennis International
24 to 30 October 2022, Playford Tennis Centre 50 Spruance Rd, Elizabeth East.
Admission is free all week, with family-friendly entertainment like come-and-try, face painting and mini-tennis games complementing the on-court action.
Friday 28 October, from 4pm.
Professional tennis semi-finals, family entertainment and off-court fun. Grab your friends and join the action after school or work on Friday night.