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Hitting Wall launched at Memorial Park Tennis Complex in Bordertown

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Tennis SA, Media Release, 17 October 2021

Tennis SA has launched a striking art mural at Memorial Park Tennis Complex in Bordertown as part of a collaborative project with Tennis Australia which has seen the reimagining of hitting walls across the country, an initiative designed to increase community participation and engagement in tennis.

Hitting wall
Photo: Tennis SA

The artwork and concept was led by renowned Mount Gambier-based artist Anthony Hamilton, known for his quirky, colourful, cartoon anime style. The two-sided mural features a solar system theme on one side, with a Bordertown Show theme on the other, both incorporating targets for participants to aim at. The Hitting Wall is open to the public and is set to become a feature at the tennis complex for locals and tourists alike.

“The hitting wall was constructed about 15 years ago. When I saw some photos of the mural a fortnight ago and I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was like Christmas had come,” Memorial Park Tennis Complex President Chris Steer said.

“I learnt how to play tennis hitting against a wall, so I was absolutely delighted when I saw it. It’s a great attraction for the kids.”

“I love the solar system side and the little sign at the bottom saying ‘not to scale’, I thought that was a beautiful touch!”

“It’s been an amazing project to be a part of. I can’t believe the difference it has made. It was just a blue, boring wall and now it’s so bright, the kids haven’t stopped using it,” Tatiara Junior Tennis Association representative Rachel McLellan said.

“I do hope that it will attract people down to our facility, the wall is open to everyone in our community. The best thing about a hitting wall is that you can play by yourself or you can play with your family.”

Hitting wall
Photo: Tennis SA

List of walls being updated as part of phase one Hitting Wall rollout

StateLocationWhatArtist
VICDendy Park, Brighton East, MelbourneMural of Ash Barty and Dylan AlcottPaink
QLDNoosa Tennis Club, NoosaMural of Evonne Goolagong CawleyPaink and Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas
NSWJunee Tennis Club, JuneeIndigenous Mural by Wiradjuri artistOwen Lyons – Wiradjuri Art
WAMingenew Tennis Club, MingenewHistorical tennis mural with Australian flora and faunaShakey, Jacob Butler
SAMemorial Park Tennis Complex, BordertownUrban futuristic muralAnthony Hamilton
TASGlenorchy Tennis Club, HobartVibrant street art muralJamin
ACTSouthlands Tennis Club, CanberraPlay Tennis muralHappy Decay
NTGardens Tennis Centre, DarwinIndigenous mural by Larrakia artistBidjiPidji Art, Jason Lee

To find your local club or coach and have a hit on court, visit play.tennis.com.au

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