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Published November 27th 2009
Thwack, thwack, thwack, it's not the sound of leather hitting willow but the other sporting sound of summer, rubber hitting strings. Dust off the old racquet and head down to the University of Queensland Tennis Club on a Sunday afternoon for social tennis. Based at the University of Queensland Tennis Centre in St Lucia, the tennis courts are cooled by a fresh river breeze, which can at times make returning a sky-high lob difficult!
Between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday afternoons, players of all standards can be found on the courts enjoying social games of doubles. Players are welcome to come along on a regular or casual basis and there's no need to find three tennis playing friends, the organisers will arrange for you to have a playing partner and opponents if you're on your own.
The 30/40 Café is open between 8am and 4pm and serves a variety of meals and drinks which can be enjoyed at tables with a view of the courts. Next door to the 30/40 Café is the UQ Tennis Centre Pro-Shop, where you can kit yourself out in the style of Federer or Ivanovic (warning wearing professional clothes may not give you professional tennis skills!)
Book in at the upstairs verandah on the day to play, the cost is $10 for University of Queensland Tennis Club members and $13 for non-members. Parking at the courts is available along the river or by the UQ Swimming Pool. Buses and the Citycat ferry service will also take you to the courts.