Coffs tennis Open ?rocks

The Coffs Harbour Open will be held this weekend with all funds raised going to the local Diabetes Association.

The club is planning to hold a unique tennis tournament like no other held before it ... possibly a world first.

"Last year we raised $700 and this year we are hoping to make more if we can," club professional Danny Sousa said.

"There are events for everyone with new social divisions for those who are not great players and would normally be intimidated by tournaments.

"Last year many people commented that they would like to help but they didn't think they were good enough players, now there is no excuse.

"We would love any volunteers that can help in any way. We will have live music from hot duo Wasabi playing on the roof on Sunday from noon to 2.30pm and a jumping castle on Saturday from 10am to 2pm and anyone who donates $5 or more can go on it for free.

"The jumping castle and band are here to make the tournament have a more fun atmosphere where participation and fun are the primary goals. We hope the whole community will come down and make a donation and not just the regular tennis players.

"This year a team of kids that I have been coaching at Hernani (100km west of Coffs) will be playing in their first competition.

"This will be a proud moment as I am only able to get out there once a fortnight and the kids receive very little practice. I am hoping we will be able to do even more for the local diabetics this year."

With the money raised last year, the local association was able to hold a Diabetes Seminar and Education Day which was held at the Catholic Club last month.

The association organised a renal specialist, podiatrist, dietician, glucometer specialist and a pharmacist.

"We are very proud that our work has been able to do so much and we hope that with more money, we can be of even greater benefit to local diabetics," Sousa said.

Sponsors like the Quality Inn City Centre, Darren Payne Formal Wear and Greg's Trophies have ensured that the tournament continues to grow in stature and bring more tourists to town.

Anyone who would like to participate, or help in some way, should contact the Coffs Harbour Tennis Club on 6651 1615.

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