Photo: Zimmer/Giubilo/LlameraThe 'Get Involved in Tennis' area at the Olympic Tennis Centre
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Over 4,250 visitors were able to enjoy the chance to try out the sport while they were visiting the Barra Olympic Tennis Centre during the to the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis and Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis events.
Following similar spectator activation areas organised at both the previous Games at London 2012, the Get Involved in Tennis area was set up in a central location in the shadow of the main showcourts the venue.
Spectators of all ages and abilities had the chance to try out various tennis playing activities on the colourful mini-courts, giving them the opportunity to see how easy, fun and healthy tennis can be. Volunteer tennis coaches from the Brazilian Tennis Federation (CBT) were on had throughout to provide useful tips and to organise the activities.
The Get Involved in Tennis area ran for the last four days of the Olympic Tennis event and for the full eight day duration of the Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis event. The area was funded by the ITF with the support of the CBT. At the conclusion of the Paralympic Games, the ITF donated the two colourful mini-courts and all the equipment to the CBT as part of the Rio 2016 legacy.
International Federations (IFs) were encouraged by the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to offer spectators visiting the various Games venues to get a feel for something different and perhaps even inspire new interests. A total of 15 IFs supported the initiative during the Olympic Games and a further 13 at the Paralympic Games.