Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Tennis Australia wants Councils to develop Tennis Hot Shots mini courts

Tennis Australia wants Councils to develop Tennis Hot Shots mini courts
April 16, 2014

Tennis Australia is currently seeking Expressions of Interests from councils around the country who may be prepared to develop smaller, modified tennis courts to advance Tennis Hot Shots – Tennis Australia’s official childrens’ starter program.

Developed to allow children greater access to tennis, Tennis Hot Shots (THS) is currently delivered at 2,500 facilities across Australia and, between 2012 and 2013, 604,989 youngsters experienced the program at club and school coaching programs and events across the country.

The THS concept is centred around the use of modified, smaller courts that are designed to help children learn new tennis skills faster and more easily. Players use smaller racquets and low compression balls, making the game easier for them to play from the moment they pick up a racquet.

The modified nature of THS means children experience success earlier, therefore have an enjoyable experience, which increases the chances of keeping them in the sport and continuing to play.

The THS program was given more momentum when a landmark decision was made by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in January 2012 to change the rules of tennis, whereby all 10-and-under competition must be played with a modified ball. In addition, the ITF recommends the use of modified courts.

Tennis Australia is now looking at ways in which people can access tennis in non-traditional environments, with public parks seen as ideal location in which to establish modified tennis THS courts.

Tennis Australia suggest a number of ways in which councils can provide THS courts in parks, from utilising small areas of surplus land within existing parks, to modifying older sports court, or integrating a THS court with existing facilities (such as half-court basketball).

While THS courts have recommended sizes, Tennis Australia suggest that they can be adjusted to make the best possible use of available land.

THS courts can also be made visually attractive for children, with bright and vibrant colours and the addition of exciting features including rebound walls with bull’s eyes, targets, ladders and logos.

THS courts can also be used as a multi-use areas, doubling up as a flat, slip resistant fitness, training or social area for other community groups.

Tennis Australia also suggest other reasons to include THS courts in parks:

• Provide additional health and active lifestyle opportunities for your community

• Create a safe environment for families to play tennis in

• Provide free and accessible sport infrastructure to all of the community

• Funding is available to assist with the development of THS courts

For more information on developing dedicated Tennis Hot Shots courts contact Adam Cheyne,  Places to Play Project Coordinator  at Tennis Australia on 03 9914 4090, E:

More information of Tennis Hot Shots can be found by clicking here


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness



Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks



ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation


SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues


Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology



At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business