Women in tennis leading the way for future winners

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 @ 10:00AM

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today joined Australian tennis stars at the Fed Cup Foundation’s Breakfast with the Stars in Melbourne to encourage more women to get involved in tennis.

Senator Lundy said past and present Australian players at the breakfast, including Casey Dellacqua, Alicia Molik and Lesley Bowrey were role models for younger players coming through the tennis ranks.

“The Australian Fed Cup Foundation, working with Tennis Australia, is doing fantastic work to promote women’s tennis through support to the Fed Cup competition and the Australian team,” Senator Lundy said.

“This year will mark the Fed Cup’s 50th anniversary and 50 years of Australian involvement in the premier event for team competition in women’s tennis.

“As one of Australia’s first Fed Cup players, Lesley Bowrey, led the way for future superstars and it is wonderful that the current Australian team including Jelena Dokic, Samantha Stosur, Jarmila Gajdosova, Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska are doing so well.”

Senator Lundy said the successful work of the Fed Cup Foundation to produce strong players in Australia’s ranks was highlighted by the annual Foundation Cup.

“Every year the Fed Cup Foundation play an annual cup for under-13 boys and girls from regional Australia to encourage more participation,” Senator Lundy said.

“Events such as these are wonderful ways for young boys and girls to get involved in tennis and to be inspired by past superstars and the stories of their success.”

The Australian Government is a proud supporter of tennis at all levels of the game, from grassroots to the elite, and has allocated more than $1.4 million to Tennis Australia this financial year. To encourage more women to play sport the Gillard Government has also established a new unit within the Australian Sports Commission to progress issues relating to women’s participation and leadership in sport and provide commercial and business support.

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