Tenterden Tennis Club has received a boost after work was completed on the refurbishment of its playing courts. The project started in May this year when the club began dismantling its old courts before the new acrylic Plexipave ones were laid. On Monday, November 20 the club officially unveiled four new green tennis courts, reminiscent of an early Australian Open surface. Club president Chris Tomlinson said the new development is an exciting prospect for the club that is “stronger than ever”. “We have over 40 kids and that’s the future of this club. “Now with the new courts, we will just bring another level to the club. “They were really old and had heaps of cracks so we were in real need of some new ones.” The construction of the courts cost $246,480 with equal contributions of $82,160 from the Shire of Cranbrook and the club while the remaining funds were provided by the Community Sport and Recreational Facilities Fund. They were built by court manufacturer Sports Surfaces with the assistance of numerous community volunteers. “We couldn’t have done it without the mountain of work dedicated by volunteers,” Mr Tomlinson said. “Local contractors donated their time and machines to help prepare the courts. “We’re really happy we chose green because it really does suit where we are submerged in the trees.” The club has not yet announced an official opening day for the courts but is in the process of finding an appropriate date. “We’re definitely planning an opening but haven’t yet decided on a grand opening day,” Mr Tomlinson said. “We do have a massive open day scheduled in March as well as a tournament in December but now the courts are finally finished we will work on a grand opening date.” In late 2022 Tenterden celebrated the 75th anniversary of its prestigious junior tournament.