A slice of the Australian Open to visit Bingara

April 26, 2019

During late April and early May Tennis Australia will be heading to four country towns in rural NSW as part of a new initiative to unite drought affected communities through Tennis. These events are designed to encourage communities to come together, have fun and remind people they are not alone during times of extreme stress and adversity.

Bingara will be the first stop on this tour with a great afternoon of family fun planned for Monday, April 29. Open tennis coaching sessions for school aged children from infants through to high school are available from 4.00pm, followed by social tennis for the whole community from 5.00pm. Family friendly activities, a free barbecue prepared by the Bingara Lions Club and a free bar in the Sporting Club are on offer with lots of great prizes up for grabs.

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald

Tennis Australia are also pleased to announce that Tennis legend John Fitzgerald will be available for a meet and greet from 7.30pm and the Australian Open Perpetual Tennis Trophies will be on display at the event providing a rare opportunity to view the trophies outside of their home in Melbourne.

There are two perpetual trophies presented to each of the male and female singles winners of the Australian Open. The Norman Brooks Challenge Cup which is awarded to the men’s winner was named after the late Sir Norman Brookes (1877-1968), a former Australian tennis champion. Over the years the cup has been awarded to many tennis legends including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Steffi Graf have all been recipients of the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup which was named after the late Daphne Akhurst (1903 -1933), a five times singles champion. The cup was first awarded to Joan Hartigan at the Australian Championships in 1934.