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Aussie fans blow up over ‘massively confusing’ tennis court used for tournament 

Could YOU see if this mess of a tennis court had been shot? Aussie Fans Blow Up Over ‘Hugely Confusing’ Surface Used For Tournaments

  • Woman attending tournament in Brisbane was shocked by lines on track
  • The surface is marked so that it can be used for various sports in addition to tennis
  • Tennis fans agreed the court would cause ‘huge confusion’ during line calls

Parents of emerging Australian tennis stars have lashed out at the use of extremely confusing multi-purpose courts for junior tournaments in a series of angry Facebook posts.

Cheryl-lee Morgan told the Australian Tennis Community group she was shocked to find that four courts at a match in Brisbane she attended were covered with multiple line markings, leading to frustration among the players.

The surfaces are designed to be used for various sports such as tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball.

“Massive confusion for the kids who normally make their own phone calls during matches, causing a lot of frustrated kids on the day,” Morgan wrote.

The Brisbane court that drafted the complaints has line markings for tennis, netball and other sports - leaving a puzzling mess for kids who have to make their own line calls

The Brisbane court that drafted the complaints has line markings for tennis, netball and other sports – leaving a puzzling mess for kids who have to make their own line calls

People who responded to the post quickly agreed that the courts are very confusing and should not be used for tournaments

People who responded to the post quickly agreed that the courts are very confusing and should not be used for tournaments

My question – why should these courts be used in competitive games? Surely it is clear that calling and playing would themselves become stressful for the children? Is this normal practice for Jnr compositions?’

Her post provoked a series of angry and incredulous reactions, one of which led to Morgan explaining that she had raised the matter with a representative from Tennis Australia who was at the tournament.

“Even Hawkeye wouldn’t stand a chance,” wrote Rodney Lack, referring to the automated system used to help make phone calls during the professional tour.

“Completely unacceptable for any kind of competitive tennis,” added Brandon Rowe.

Brisbane's court is a far cry from the simple, one-sided surface used by professionals (pictured, center court being cleaned during this year's Australian Open)

Brisbane’s court is a far cry from the simple, one-sided surface used by professionals (pictured, center court being cleaned during this year’s Australian Open)

“Don’t forget the big posts at the end that the kids ran into,” Khodr Baki wrote. “My son also had to play a game on those courts today and he was very frustrated.”

However, some people saw another side of the problem.

“As usual, children are taught to focus on the ball, not the phone call,” wrote Adrian Hunt.

“A lot of kids play on those courts every Saturday, it’s part of the process of climbing the tennis ladder,” said Mike Hock.

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