Media Release from the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

TENNIS: After a bumper three years of incredible tennis, the Fraser Coast Regional Council has renewed their sponsorship agreement with the Hervey Bay and District Tennis Association for another three years.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the sponsorship agreement for three events a year, including the Seniors Tournament being held later this week (16 – 18 June), would draw almost 1000 participants and spectators.

“This three-day event is popular with both locals and visitors. About 170 people from outside the Fraser Coast are expected to travel here for this event, which is a huge economic boost for the region,” he said.

“As a result, the Fraser Coast benefits from the increase in visitors who support our accommodation facilities, cafes, restaurants and other businesses. The region also benefits from the exposure to a wider audience.”

This Sponsorship also includes the Open Tournament being held 14 – 16 July and the Junior Classic 20 – 22 September. In total, these events will host around 400 participants and 500 spectators.

The sponsorship deal is part of a Council focus on bringing events, athletes and artists to the region and creating connected communities through our places, spaces and people.

“We want to provide opportunities for locals to be involved in the sporting and cultural activities that people in capital cities take for granted,” Cr Seymour said.

“Seeing people perform at the elite level inspires others. The events also contribute to our region’s cultural, social and economic development.”

Under the sponsorship deal, Council provided $3,000 to the tennis association to stage the tournament for three years (2023, 2024 and 2025).

Being able to stage events, especially national ranking events, is fantastic, Association President Geoff Arnell said. “The events will bring elite players of all ages to the region to compete,” he said.

Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the tournament from 16 – 18 June 2023 at the Hervey Bay Tennis Club in Torquay from 1 pm on Friday to 8 am on Saturday and Sunday.

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