Tennis in New Zealand will survive, despite suffering a $1m loss from no ASB Classic in January.

Thats the opinion of Tennis Auckland chairman Simon Vannini, who said he believed the game will survive.

“We do have reserves and the board has made the decision not to cut any of its existing programmes or activities out in the community,” Vannini said.

“We’re looking to continue to run programmes to boost participation. There was the Love Tennis initiative that Tennis NZ helped drive, which was very successful across Auckland.

“We would expect in a good year to make about $1 million from the tournament. That does go up and down, but the reality is that without the tournaments we have had to be very prudent with our spending, whilst not looking to cut any of our domestic activities.”

Vannini said they were planning for a tournament in 2022 with full support of partners and sponsors.

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