Davis Cup heads to Stanhope Gardens

The world’s largest men’s tennis team competition, the Davis Cup, could soon be played at Blacktown.

"Blacktown is in the top six for priority projects for Tennis Australia," Mr Cammack said.

"The idea is the venue be capable of hosting Pro Tour events, the Federation Cup, Davis Cup. It'd be a great thing for the region with a knock-on effect into participation."

Research indicates tennis is one of the highest participation sports in Blacktown City yet there is only one court for every 5000 residents.

"Across western Sydney it's one court for every 3700 making Blacktown probably the most under-supplied area," he said. "The national benchmark is one court for every 2000."

A council spokeswoman said participation in competition tennis had decreased due to the lack of suitable facilities to host, promote and develop the sport in Blacktown City. A draft masterplan for the proposed Blacktown Tennis Complex has been prepared by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects and put on public show.

The results will be reported to Blacktown Council's executive management committee, rather than the council, if there are no objections.

If approved, the facility would be built in Reserve 797, Stanhope Parkway, Stanhope Gardens - adjoining onto Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope, which also houses the Dennis Johnson Branch Library.

It would have an exhibition court, new access point off Stanhope Parkway, car parking, pedestrian access and be the new home of Blacktown Tennis Incorporated which has 130 members.

"It'll enable Blacktown Tennis Inc to host tournaments, offering great facilities and car-park access," president Yvonne Tucker said.

The council has been working in collaboration with Tennis Australia, Tennis NSW and Blacktown Tennis Incorporated to develop this facility which will also be used for weekly competitions, coaching, development, casual and social bookings.

The draft masterplan helps meet the council's strategic direction of A Sporting City, as outlined in its Blacktown City 2025 plan.

The anticipated cost of $5.6 million covers extending the Leisure Centre to include a clubhouse, pro-shop, viewing deck and control, event administration and media rooms.

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