MORE TO COME: Marinko Matosevic heads for victory in the 2012 final of the Caloundra International against Greg Jones.
MORE TO COME: Marinko Matosevic heads for victory in the 2012 final of the Caloundra International against Greg Jones. John Mccutcheon

Upgraded tennis centre may host Davis Cup

AUSTRALIA'S top tennis players may soon be playing on the Coast, with the Caloundra Tennis Centre Club set to bid for Davis Cup and Federation Cup ties.

Club professional Matthew Deverson said the club would be capable of hosting Davis Cup ties next year when the Caloundra centre became the Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre.

"Once the facility (upgrade) is finished it will be one of the best in Australia and be more than capable of hosting those kinds of events," Deverson said.

Hosting a Davis Cup tie will take some luck, however, because several factors go into choosing a venue.

"They're going to be hard courts so we've got to be lucky that the hard court would be a chosen surface to play the tie on," Deverson said.

"I don't think it's as simple as just having a venue, but we'll definitely put ourselves in the running for it."

Even if a Davis Cup tie does not come straight away, the courts, which are set to be finished by December, may soon host some of Australia's rising stars.

Deverson said ATP and WTA Challenger events were due to return to Caloundra next year along with an ITF junior world ranking tournament to partner the one in Kawana.

In the past the Challenger events have drawn up-and-coming stars such as Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.

The Sunshine Coast Council also announced yesterday that the Nick Bollerteiri Tennis Academy, whose graduates include the Williams sisters, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova, would host a junior training camp at the revamped centre next April.


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