Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ace Coach Breathing New Life into Complex; Dream Assignment for Eager Ipswich Couple

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ace Coach Breathing New Life into Complex; Dream Assignment for Eager Ipswich Couple

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

IPSWICH tennis coach Beau Devlin has trouble containing his excitement as he surveys his new home.

He's well placed to fulfil a lifelong tennis dream as he wanders around the three acre Tivoli site.

While much work is to be done, Devlin and his fiancee Kirstie are delighted they recently purchased the Ipswich Tennis Centre they hope to revitalise.

With five courts in welcoming surroundings, Devlin plans to soon be coaching and playing at the centre.

"Three courts were operational when we got here but we're putting in two new courts and resurfacing one of them," Devlin said. "So we'll have three brand new and two grass courts, which we're also refurbishing.

"In two weeks, we'll have five brand new courts and under lights."

Beau and Kirstie want to breathe new life into the tennis facility after recently selling up at Flinders View and investing in the promising new venture.

"It doesn't get much better than this," Devlin said with a grin from ear to ear.

"I've been coaching for a decade.

"I started over at the Top Sport Tennis and Fitness (the old Denman's Centre at Brassall) and unfortunately they sold that for development.

"It (the Tivoli site) looked like it was going to go the same way but we got in here.

"This is 50 years of my life. It's great."

The coach plans to base his Beau Devlin Tennis Academy program Co with the exception of some school arrangements Co at the Boundary Street complex.

"It's been the Ipswich Tennis Centre since it's inception, as far as I know," Devlin said, keen to preserve the name.

"There's a lot of history here."

The facility is inviting with plenty of shade and character-rich old sheds.

"Now the kids have somewhere else to go," he said.

"When I coach kids at 7 o'clock at night at St Joeys School, they come for the tennis and they play and the only social aspect they get is having those group of kids to muck around with. …

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