Club Evolve hosts 'The Cessnock Slam' open night at Cessnock Tennis Courts

ALL WELCOME: Cessnock Tennis Club members Michael Hay, Richard Ophel, Zach Ophel and Steve Ebsworth, pictured with Vanessa and Summer Williams, from Williams and Co, are looking forward to the Cessnock Slam on February 1.
ALL WELCOME: Cessnock Tennis Club members Michael Hay, Richard Ophel, Zach Ophel and Steve Ebsworth, pictured with Vanessa and Summer Williams, from Williams and Co, are looking forward to the Cessnock Slam on February 1.

Cessnock Tennis Club has undergone a host of changes since partnering with Club Evolve just over 12 months ago.

The club will showcase its new programs at a free community event - The Cessnock Slam - at the Aberdare Road courts next Saturday night.

The Cessnock Slam will feature tennis for kids and adults, hot dog stands, fairy floss, a soda bar, wine tasting and lucky door prizes, and to top it off, a livestream of the Australian Open women's final on the big screen.

Club Evolve managing director Sonia Close said the club is becoming "more than a traditional tennis club", with yoga classes, a meeting room and event spaces now on offer in the newly-renovated clubhouse, and a cafe set to open soon.

"The new Cessnock Tennis Club committee and Club Evolve are thinking outside of the box," she said.

"It's such a large facility, and it needs to offer more.

"It's not just about tennis; but a destination."

Cafe Williams & Co will have its soft launch at The Cessnock Slam, and will officially open at the tennis club on Monday, February 10.

The cafe will be operated by Bellbird-based events company Williams & Co, who will also provide the catering for functions held at the tennis club.

The Cessnock Slam will also include the local launch of Tennis Australia's Open Court Sessions, a new social tennis experience designed to get more adults on the court.

ON COURT: Richard Ophel, Zach Ophel, Sonia Close and Michael Hay at the Cessnock tennis courts.

ON COURT: Richard Ophel, Zach Ophel, Sonia Close and Michael Hay at the Cessnock tennis courts.

Open Court Sessions will run at more than 1000 tennis clubs across Australia. The format encourages people to come together over food, drink and music, with a social hit of tennis on the side.

There's no need to join a club, sign up for lessons or commit to a weekly competition - players can simply 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.

"It's all about being social, both on and off the court, and we all know how important that is for both physical and mental health."

The Cessnock Slam will run from 5pm to 9pm Saturday, February 1. For more information or to register for your free ticket, visit clubevolve.com.au.

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