Former pros join in as Newcastle hosts the AO Blitz

Tennis took centre stage in Newcastle when the AO Blitz roadshow rolled into the New South Wales town on November 2.

A highlight of the AO Blitz activation at the town's Top Spin Tennis Centre was a Cardio Tennis celebrity demonstration, as well as a coinciding junior tournament at the venue.

Newcastle local Trudi Musgrave Edwards, the 1994 Australian Open junior girls singles champion and retired professional player, headlined the celebrity demonstration.

"It was heaps of fun," Musgrave Edwards said. "I have done a Cardio Tennis course but this was the first time I have done a class and I loved it."

Joining her were local tennis coaches as well as Jenny Anne Fetch-Hoffman, a former Australian Open player, Richard Nicholls, head coach of Topspin Tennis and former Australian Open qualifying competitor and Greg Brownlow, head coach at Future Stars Tennis Academy.

Musgrave Edwards said the AO Blitz activation brought a lot of excitement to the community, naming the serve speed radar as a definite highlight among junior members.

"It was a great day. The AO Blitz is a good opportunity for country towns and small communities to get to see the Australian Open trophies," she said. "It has got to be really motivating for them."

Musgrave Edwards, who reached a career-high doubles ranking of 62 in 2003, is still actively involved in tennis in the Newcastle community as a tennis coach.

"I've always called Newcastle home," she said. "I have a three month old baby now but I am just getting back into coaching, doing two days a week."

"It is good for the local kids to be able to get coaching here rather than having to go to Sydney and for me it is good to be involved and put back into the sport that I got so much out of."

Taking part in a Cardio Tennis session is not only a great way to have fun and get fit, but also a chance to earn some valuable AO Blitz points. Take the Cardio Tennis challenge to help your town today!

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