The MLC Hot Shots program begins Saturday.
The MLC Hot Shots program begins Saturday. Contributed

Hot Shots under way

THIS Saturday morning the Westside Tennis Club will be taking another step towards producing the next generation of tennis stars.

The club will be hosting their first day of Tennis Australia’s official kid’s starter program – MLC Tennis Hot Shots.

The open day which will run for two hours from 10.00am this Saturday is for children under the age of 12 and provides a fun, friendly environment where children can get involved in tennis, emulate their favourite stars and make new friends from within their community.

The open day is a precursor to the club running a regular Hot Shots program during the second school term of the year.

MLC Tennis Hot Shots uses low compression red, orange and green modified tennis balls, smaller racquets and courts and is designed to get children playing the game and having fun from their very first session.

The program is recommended as the ideal development pathway by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and enables children who aren’t yet able to play tennis on a full-size court to play against others at a similar standard while learning new skills and developing technique.

Speaking at the launch of the MLC Tennis Hot Shots program former world No.8 and Australian favourite Alicia Molik threw her weight behind the program.

“One of the most important things for kids is trying new sports and having fun right from the word go,” Molik said.

“The MLC Tennis Hot Shots program lets kids learn the sport quickly and easily, build their confidence and also gets them active through playing sport.

“Using the modified equipment makes it easier for beginners to start playing the game, and it is a great way to introduce kids to tennis.

“I wish MLC Tennis Hot Shots was around when I was starting out and I have no doubt it will help inspire our tennis stars of the future.”



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