NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.
Wrexham Tennis Centre reopened for business last week after having its seven indoor and two mini courts resurfaced in acrylic.
The Plas Coch based centre has played host to everyone from amateurs to Scottish tennis star Andy Murray over the years and Wrexham.com took the opportunity to take a look at the newly laid courts.
The courts were closed for two weeks over Easter for the resurfacing which takes place every six years and is funded by Wrexham County Borough Council as part of the Indoor Tennis Centre incentive.
The funding is given to ensure the best possible playing facilities so that both international and British tour events can be held in Wrexham.
Tennis Manager at the centre Stephen Whelan took us on a tour round the courts and explained that the centre, which is run by a not for profit trust, aims to be as inclusive as possible.
He said: “Some see us as an elite centre as we have the full time academy based here, but my job is to increase tennis participation as much as possible across North Wales.
“We let people hire the courts on a pay and play basis so anyone can come in and use them for fun and play with friends.
“We also hold a coaching programme for anyone from veterans to juniors.”
Stephen told us that there are also plans in the pipeline to establish a wheelchair squad for disabled tennis players in the near future.
As well as being inclusive of amateurs the centre is home to a full time academy with young tennis stars aged 14-21 who practice there 5 days a week.
Wrexham Tennis Centre hosts local, national and international tournaments which has seen a number of world ranked players play there over the years.
To add to their accolades one coach at the centre has attained world ranking and from our short visit to the centre it’s not hard to envisage some stars of the future emerging from there.
The average price to play on the courts is £10 an hour although prices vary depending on what time you play.
For more information you can visit the Wrexham Tennis Centre website.