Tennis has always been one of the most popular sports played in Australia and we have boasted many International stars and Wimbledon champions including one of Tennis Brisbane founders, Ashley Cooper. Ashley is a former Australian Davis Cup player and multi grand slam winner as well as building one of Australia’s best-presented centres, Club Coops at Carseldine in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Together with Ken Laffey, one of Queensland’s most experienced tennis centre operators Ashley has been one of the main driving forces behind the establishing of Tennis Brisbane.
Tennis Brisbane was formed in the late 1980’s out of a desire to provide Brisbane tennis enthusiasts with the best tennis programs possible. As the tennis centre owners were the first point of contact for people wishing to play and improve their tennis it seemed logical to co-ordinate the delivery of tennis under the one umbrella representing these centres. Tennis Brisbane identified a number of challenges and opportunities in those early years and current programs were modified to reflect the wishes of the tennis community. Experienced tennis administrator, Milton Rothman was appointed as Tennis Brisbane’s General Manager and together with the board of Tennis Brisbane, Milton set out to address these challenges.
Brisbane is such a large area geographically and the distance to travel to and from organized competitions was a deterrent to many tennis enthusiasts. Brisbane has been broken up into two regions- Brisbane North and Brisbane South. Competitions are held for players of all ages and standards in both these regions. (Map of Brisbane with regions defined.) Another area that Tennis Brisbane addressed was the lack of meaningful competition for females. Tennis had traditionally been segregated into separate competitions for men and women. All tennis Brisbane team tennis competitions allow women to play with and against their male counterparts of a similar standard.
The time that most competitions took to play was also identified as another obstacle to attracting players in the middle teens to late forty age group. Tennis Brisbane once again has delivered competitions that take less time to play and allow participants to get on with their busy lives.