Social tennis - with a twist

Tennis Australia has launched Open Court Sessions, a new social tennis experience designed to get more adults on the court.

It starts at Katoomba Tennis Club on Sunday, February 16

Open Court Sessions encourages people to come together over great food and music, with a social hit of tennis on the side.

There's no longer the need to join a club, sign up for lessons or commit to a weekly competition.

Instead players can participate in a range of dynamic tennis activities, putting a spin on the traditional game with entertaining new formats and a variety of equipment. All skill levels are welcome and can join in the fun with no strings attached.

"We're delighted to announce Open Court Sessions as a fresh new way to get more adults back into the sport," Tennis Australia's Chief Tennis Officer Matt Dwyer said.

"Open Court Sessions is the perfect mix of a casual social hit with friends and the opportunity to enjoy great food and drinks courtside. And most importantly, it fits in to today's busy lifestyles.

"Our research shows that people are time poor and they want flexibility and fun with their fitness routines, and Open Court Sessions fits that criteria - just book online and rock up to your local tennis club."

The Katoomba launch is on Sunday, February 16 from 10am-noon at the club, Bowling Green Ave, Katoomba.

It's free and includes a BBQ and treats.

The program:

10-11am Welcome and free hitting

11-11.20am ANZ Hot Shots demo with kids

11.20-11.45 Free hitting

11.45-Noon Fitbit cardio tennis demo

Noon onward BBQ and raffle

Open Court Sessions will be run by enthusiastic hosts who will keep things moving and ensure the fun rolls along on and off the court.

All equipment is provided and players will be matched up so there's no need to find a doubles partner. Each session includes a range of activities, with time for socialising off the court just as important as the time spent hitting a ball.

If you would like to register to take part in an Open Court Session at Katoomba Tennis, see