Autumn Newsletter 2021

Mar 6, 2021 | Newsletters

A message from John Hampson, Club President

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021

Firstly, a big thank you to Ray Dobson for all the work you have done as President at Karingal Drive TC over the past few years. These are definitely big shoes to fill and your efforts and dedication towards

the club has been much appreciated.

A little bit about myself as your new President; I have spent my lifetime involved in tennis and I am passionate about creating thriving tennis communities and providing opportunities to all to experience and enjoy the game. I live locally and love to bring my kids to the courts for a hit of tennis and watch them develop a love for the game too. I’m looking forward to working with you all over the coming months.

Welcome to GP Tennis who have taken on the coaching role at KDTC. They bring with them a wealth of experience in the coaching industry and we look forward to all the wonderful programs and initiatives they have on offer our club.

We recently held our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser where we raised over $1,000 for the club to spend on maintenance programs. Thanks to all those who volunteered to help on the day and to especially Raelene Craven for the coordination of this event, it was a great success.

Thanks to the committee and all our members for your contributions and support throughout the year, the club would not be able to function without you.

Club Upgrades and Maintenance

We have continued to focus on the maintenance and development of the club. The club’s entrance gate and path will be upgraded and improved to allow safer access into the facilities.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this work, especially Ray who has been advocating with Banyule Council for this upgrade for some time. We are also in the process of installing a new manual hose reel on Courts 5 & 6 to reduce trip hazards and also completing the automatic sprinkler system.

Tennis Coaching – GP Tennis

As mentioned above, GP Tennis (previously known as Gripping Potential) has taken over the role of Coaching provider at KDTC.

Throughout 2020 there was a lot of inconsistency due to Covid-19
restrictions and going in and out of lockdowns; however, despite this, we have more juniors enrolled in coaching than we did at this time last year. We now aim to get ‘Cardio Tennis’ up and running at the club, offering both day and night-time fitness sessions. Another focus is to run internal junior competitions and Hotshots leagues to provide more opportunity to our younger players for experience and practice in competitive play.

New GP Website:
For all coaching enquiries please call 0402 296 835 or email 

All Abilities Clinic

On Thursday 11th February GP Tennis ran an All-Abilities Clinic at the club which welcomed a variety of individuals with different needs from within the community to have a hit of tennis. The day was a great success and was brought about by our successful application for a disability grant through the local council.

‘This Girl Can’ Campaign

As part of the ‘This Girls Can’ Campaign running from 22nd – 28th
March we will be running free sessions for girls to encourage
females of all ages to become involved in tennis and to showcase
our sport and club. Further details to be provided soon. 

Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis will now run every Friday morning at Karingal by Coach Jarron @ 9:45 am, commencing 12th March.

Your first introductory session is free so if you are interested in trying out this great fitness program please email to secure your place. Bring along your friends and a water bottle.

Normal classes are $15 per session. Classes run for 45 minutes duration.

We hope to have further Cardio Tennis sessions available as the year progresses with a night session planned for some time soon. 

What is Cardio Tennis?

Get fit the Fun way with this exciting group cardio workout! Bounce to the beat with motivating music!

Cardio Tennis is a high energy group fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, using tennis drills and games to deliver the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. The Cardio Balls equalize the playing field and enhance the workout.

It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by a certified tennis professional. If you have never played tennis before it is a great way to be introduced to the sport Tennis Experience: Low: Cardio Tennis is the best way to start and train for tennis.

A true cardio tennis workout is typically 6-8 players per court, using the agility ladder, transition balls, & music. 

Ladies Social Tennis – Wednesday mornings

We are pleased to advise that our Ladies Social tennis group have recently started back again on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am. This group is a great way to socialize and have a hit of tennis in a relaxed environment. Pre-school Child supervision is available.

Please contact Sally Harris on 0452 415 715 for further information.

Anytime Fitness – partnership / Free membership

We are pleased to have recently created a new partnership between Karingal Drive TC and Anytime Fitness Greensborough.

Any member of KDTC who wishes to join Anytime Fitness Greensborough will receive one month’s free membership with no joining fee. Contact Nick ph. 9435 0010

Competition Tennis

Our Club has teams playing competition tennis in the following local tennis associations:

– Saturday mornings NEJTA – Boys and Girls, Singles and Doubles
– Monday evenings DVTA – Mixed Doubles
– Tuesday mornings HDTA – Ladies Doubles
– Tuesday evenings NENTG – Men’s and Men’s Veteran Doubles
– Wednesday evenings NENTG – Ladies Doubles
– Thursday mornings HDTA – Ladies Doubles rubbers
– Thursday afternoons Metro Masters – Mixed / Men’s or Ladies Doubles
– Thursday evenings DVTA – Men’s Doubles
– Thursday evenings NENTG – Mixed Doubles
– Friday twilight DVTA – Mixed Boys and Girls Singles

**If you or a member of your family are interested in playing in any of these competitions (even as just an emergency player), please email: