Richard Ussher and Nelson city councillor Tim Skinner will square off in a celebrity tennis match this weekend. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Tennis clubs to serve love


A multisport athlete and a Nelson city councillor will square off this weekend in a battle of the racquets.

The matchup, between Richard Ussher and Tim Skinner, will be part of a celebration of the sport in the region with the “Love Tennis” event set for this weekend.

Richard is no stranger to fierce competition, having won the notoriously-gruelling Coast2Coast five times, while Tim is a keen footballer.

However, both men admit it’s been a number of years since they’ve picked up a racquet.

The weekend will see eight tennis clubs across Nelson open their doors to serve up a fun, free event for people of all ages and abilities.

Nelson Bays tennis Association regional coordinator Ali Telford says the event is for anyone, young or old, who would like to try out, or get back into tennis.

The Love Tennis weekend will be held on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 from 1-4pm at Nelson Lawns Tennis Club, Richmond Tennis Club, Hope Tennis Club & Vets Tennis Club, Tahunanui Tennis Club, Mapua Tennis Club, Moutere Hills Community Centre and Wakapuaka Tennis Club.

Players of all ages and experience are welcome.