Margaret Court Tennis Academy visits Hume Tennis

Hume Tennis and Community Centre is a Craigieburn Tennis Club that recently hosted a Tennis Australia Bronze Junior Tournament, and saw the famous Margaret Court Tennis Academy from Albury-Wodonga travel to Hume with 15 of their aspiring junior tennis players.

Head Coach of the Margaret Court Tennis Academy, Phil Shanahan has been taking tennis tours all over the world for the past 38 years and believes the social and tennis development players gain from tennis tours is a significant reason why his tennis academy has been so successful. In the video below Phil speaks to Hume’s Kale Nairn about tennis tours and why they are so important for developing tennis players.

When in Craigieburn, the Margaret Court Tennis Academy players and coaches stayed at Craigieburn House, which is a sporting accommodation house that has opened in Craigieburn. The new housing facility means players, families and teams travelling to Hume for tennis tournaments now have a more accessible, homely and affordable place to stay.

Phil said, “the best part about the house, besides being new and clean, was that it was walking distance to the courts and Craigieburn Central (Craigieburn’s major shopping and entertainment precinct).”

For some of the players it was there first time playing a tennis tournament in Melbourne and all competed hard – would you expect anything else from country kids.

Earlier this year Hume Coaches, Kale Nairn and Lisa Whybourn, took junior players to Albury to play in a the country tournament at the Margaret Court Tennis Academy.”

“Hume Tennis took a group of juniors to play the Albury Junior Tournament so it was great we could return the favour by hosting MCTA at Hume” – said Hume Coach and Tournament Director, Kale Nairn. “To spend time and be around a tennis legend such as Phil Shanahan and to watch how he motivates and speaks to the kids is so inspiring. Getting to know Phil demonstrates to me the importance a motivated mentor is to children and young adults development”, Nairn went onto say.

Checkout Hume’s VLOG from the recent trip to the Margaret Court Academy in April 2019.

Hume Tennis in 2019 has taken junior players on tours to New Zealand, Queensland, Bendigo and Albury and will, in each holiday break, embark on a different tournament destination. If you are interested in being part of one of the upcoming tours please contact Kale:

Hume Tennis will be hosting upcoming Tennis Australia Tournaments October 3rd-6th and Melbourne Cup Weekend November 2nd-5th, if you would like more information about either tournaments or information about staying at Craigieburn House please also contact:

Hume Tennis and Community Centre is a world class 16 court tennis facility situated on the northern fringe of Melbourne just 15 minutes from Melbourne International Airport. Hume in 2017 won Tennis Australia’s Newcombe Medal for “Tournament of the Year”. Hume also hosts the Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open each