Darwin General

National Indigenous Tennis Carnival

Tennis World was proud to host the second, four-day National Indigenous Tennis Carnival 2019 in Darwin, which took place on the 31st of August, launched by tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

The carnival aims to celebrate the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, while seeking to encourage Indigenous kids throughout Australia to pick up a racquet, have a fun hit of tennis and notice the benefits of physical activity on their mental health and well-being.

In its’ first year, the carnival became the nation’s largest-ever gathering of Indigenous tennis players, with more than 200 participants from every state and territory taking part. Sam Gibson called the event a ‘large step up from last year’, seeing great engagement from the states, providing exciting opportunities and pathways throughout the country.

The results from the championship finals included Toby Radford (Vic) def. Charlie Pade (NSW) in the 18-and-under boys’ championship, Mikayla Zahirovic (Qld) def. Krystal Clarke (NSW) in the 18-and-under girls’, Liam Wliliams (Vic) Def. Jayden Kemp (SA) in the 14-and-under boys’ and Ausha Paulson (NSW) def Asia Kahn (NSW) in the 14-and-under girls.

In a special awards ceremony Indigenous tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley presented 18-and-under girls’ champion Mikayla Zahirovic from Townsville, Queensland with the ‘Evonne Goolagong Cawley Medals of Excellence’  for her outstanding leadership on-and-off court.

The fantastic week of tennis highlighted and celebrated Indigenous Australian sport and culture in a competitive yet friendly environment.

Additional information on the 2019 NITC

  • More than 180 participants travelled to Darwin for the 2019 National Indigenous Tennis Carnival including 84 from NT, 42 from Queensland, 20 from NSW, 10 from WA, 10 from Victoria, 9 from ACT, 6 from Tasmania, and 3 from SA.
  • The event provided culturally immersive experience which saw participants have the opportunity to take part in the Djuki Mala workship and concert, learn basket weaving, jewellery making, painting, sculpting and didgeridoo making
  • A mural was created at the event to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Indigenous tennis players Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty to inspire current and future participants attending the special Darwin event.

Tennis World would like to thank and congratulate all involved in a successful week of tennis and culture.