MORE that 1,000 visitors will converge on the region in January 2016, after the announcement came last week that Tennis Seniors Australia would hold the Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships for the first time in Greater Shepparton.
The event will be the first in eight years hosted by a Victorian regional city and will be played on up to 60 grass tennis courts with the main host venue being the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club with the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve hosting the remaining courts which will be set up on the recently upgraded sports fields.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Jenny Houlihan said the event would further cement Greater Shepparton’s reputation as a leading sports event destination.
“The event will have significant economic benefit for Greater Shepparton with a proportion of players staying locally across both the teams and individuals carnival which would be up to 14 nights each. That’s a huge boost to our tourism sector,” Cr Houlihan said.
Greater Shepparton City Council Team Leader Tourism and Events, Anthony Nicolaci says the announcement for the Tennis Seniors Australia comes hot on the heels of the highly successful hosting of the Victoria Country Week tennis event in 2014 and the recent announcement of the 2015 Junior Davis Cup and Federation Cup Asia Oceania Qualifying tie which will see 32 visiting countries next April.