The proposed redevelopment of the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre is about providing comfort away from the court, says one Launceston coach.
Last month the state government committed $2 million toward the revamp of the centre, including the construction of multi-purpose community spaces and court resurfacing.
For TennisWorld head coach James Bolzonello, an upgrade would broaden the overall appeal of the site.
“We need a complex that creates a bit more of a club feel,” he said.
“At the moment, people have their lessons or play their competitions and then they just leave.
“It would be great for parents to be able to sit and watch their kids have lessons, rather than just sitting in their car freezing during winter.”
It was an issue Mr Bolzonello knew all too well, having played in Launceston since he was 12.
The now 32-year-old said a lot has changed since he was a junior.
“When I was coming up here, there was an indoor facility where parents could drop kids off and know they could spend the day here in a safe environment,” he said.
“Now there is really nowhere for the kids to go if it is raining.
“When it comes to the winter months, the kids don’t mind being out there, but the parents don’t like being out in the cold.
“I think it has definitely had an impact on tennis in the region.”
The Launceston Regional Tennis Centre was developed in 2010, after Tennis Tasmania identified a need for a regional centre in Launceston.
After the success of the second Launceston International in 2013, then Tennis Tasmania president Peter Armstrong had reported that even though the infrastructure was sufficient, the next stage was to take Launceston to the next level of success through developing the grandstand.
Mr Bolzonello said the next upgrade would be more about taking care of the players in the tournament, rather than the spectators.
“When you have a big clubhouse, players can hang around after the game and not have to go back to their hotel,” he said.
“During the Launceston International, where there is a shipping container, players are not as likely spend time watching other matches.”