After many months of uncertainty, the Beenleigh Tennis Centre held their Grand Opening Carnival in early February with a special guest.

With the lease of the tennis courts now in the hands of Club Beenleigh, the tennis centre now has a club house and quality backing to help the sport grow in Logan.

The free Grand Opening Carnival saw hundreds of people from around the city come down to play tennis, pickleball, test their serve speed with the help of Beenleigh PCYC and meet 1987 Wimbledon Champion and all round nice guy, Pat Cash.

There was action on court for all of the event with pickleball being played on court two, demonstration matches on court one and many other games for the kids on other courts.

There was also plenty to do off the court with jumping castles, mechanical bulls, and an inflatable “Big Baller” ride and a BBQ held by City of Logan Relay for Life volunteers.

When Pat Cash arrived he was mobbed by fans of all ages for photos and signatures before doing an interview on 101FM and with Living in Logan Magazine. Cash than hit the courts to see if he still had it for serve speed and was able to hit an impressive 150kph.

After a few more photos and signatures with fans and guests of Beenleigh Tennis Centre, Cash played a few games of doubles with professional Australian tennis player Alicia Smith before hitting some balls at Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP.

“It’s very important that tennis clubs like this continue to be supported,” said Pat Cash.

“Tennis is a fun sport. You get out there and there’s a lot of opportunity to get out and you don’t have to be able to hit the ball back 10 and 15 times. Just to get out there; the coaches are experienced with beginners and just to go out there and have fun.”

The day was a success and gave a lot of people an insight into the way Beenleigh Tennis Centre and Club Beenleigh are moving this sport forward.

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