LIMERICK’S Catholic Institute Athletic Club are to unveil Ireland’s first blue outdoor tennis courts.
The six new tennis courts at the Rosbrien complex are the first ‘blue’ outdoor tennis courts in Ireland“It follows the modern trend of blue courts like in the US Open and Indian Wells. The CIAC is proud to be the first Irish club to have these revolutionary colours. We expect many clubs to follow our example in the future,” explained Cathal Sherlock, Secretary CIAC Tennis.
“Blue is the exact opposite colour of a yellow tennis ball on the Isaac Newton colour wheel, providing the most contrast for players and spectators. The US Open, when changing to blue, wanted the colour to be associated with that tournament. When spectators saw the courts on TV they would automatically associate it with The US Open. The CIAC in its own way wants to do the same. When people see pictures or posters of the Limerick Open (June 11), with its distinctive blue courts, everyone will know that it’s the CIAC that they are looking at,” said Sherlock.
For the official opening this Saturday, May 7, Catholic Institute welcome a host of special guests to the club, many of whom are past members, to cut the ribbon on the new courts.
”Through the years such great names in Irish tennis have graced those courts. Names like Gina and Conor Niland, Liam Croke, Tony and Frank O’Shea,” outlined the secretary.
Before the official opening, there will be a Junior American Doubles Tournament for our junior members followed by a senior members American Doubles Tournament.
”There will be food and drink a plenty for the adults. We hope to see many people come to the club to have a look and to join in with the celebrations,” said Sherlock.
The official opening takes place at 9pm on Saturday.