Tennis players hit the court Saturday

Tennis players hit the court Saturday

Marathon opening for Surrey Tennis Centre

Tennis players play for 42 straight hours, setting an unofficial record.

The grand opening of the Surrey Tennis Centre made quite a racket last weekend, as players attempted to set a new record for longest tennis marathon.

In total, tennis was played at the new facility – located at 5891 144 St. – for 42 hours beginning Saturday, and wrapping up late Sunday. Participants to hit more than one million balls over the duration of the event, which featured a rotating cast of players.

“It was an amazing event,” said Larry Jurovich, owner/operator of the tennis centre, which is a public-private partnership with the City of Surrey.

The event also served as a fundraiser, according to Derek Wallensteen, the centre’s recreational director. Proceeds from the event went to Relate Community Care, an organization focused on helping the less fortunate.

“We support everyone in our community, especially during adverse times, that’s why we’ve partnered with this charity,” said Wallensteen,  in a news release.

“We also believe in challenging ourselves and encouraging each other to reach our goals, like a world record!”

The new tennis centre includes six indoor courts – all under an air-supported ‘bubble – as well as six outdoor clay courts, which are the only publicly accessible red-clay courts in Western Canada, according to the City of Surrey.

For more on the tennis centre, visit www.surreytenniscentre.com

Surrey North Delta Leader