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Beloved Royal Park Tennis Club reopens its doors

Two people talking to each other at a tennis court.

Break out of the lockdown blues at Royal Park Tennis Club, a welcoming club with a 130-year history. 

Club president Caryle Demarte said the Parkville venue offers 14 clay courts, tennis coaching, and an inclusive program of social and competitive play.

Royal Park Tennis Club also leads dedicated programs for vulnerable young people, older people, women, girls and LGBTIQ+ communities.

‘Tennis is one of the few sports that can be played at all ages – from toddlers through to the elderly,’ Caryle said.

‘It caters for all levels of skill and adds to our members’ wellbeing, physically and mentally. Tennis also provides many opportunities for social interaction, and it can be played for a short or long period of time.

‘We really value the fabulous support we get from the City of Melbourne in maintaining and upgrading our facilities and in enabling some of our social programs.’

While COVID-19 restrictions put all community sport on hold, Royal Park Tennis Club’s online book-a-court system was in-demand between lockdowns.

Now, with COVID-safe plans firmly in place, the club is looking forward to resuming its vibrant programs and reconnecting with its community.

‘As Melbourne reopens, we are hoping to rebuild interest in tennis and introduce new programs, such as for people experiencing homelessness,’ Caryle said.

‘We encourage people to drop-in to enjoy our organised social play on Wednesday nights, Thursday mornings and Sunday afternoons. These are open to any member of the community.’

To find out more and how to get involved, visit Royal Park Tennis Club. 

To browse more opportunities for sport and recreation in the City of Melbourne, visit Active Melbourne. 

Did you know

Royal Park Tennis Club was the meeting place of a real-life Romeo and Juliet. Read about Betty and Kevin’s story over at Love all in Parkville. 

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