The Gosford District Tennis Association was formed in 1933 where they first played tennis at Grahame Park, currently the home of the Central Coast Football Stadium located at Gosford. In 1959 under the presidency of Bob Vaughan, the tennis complex moved across to the current site at Racecourse Rd, Gosford where a very hard working volunteer committee constructed 13 loam courts and is now known as Vaughan Park or Gosford Tennis Centre. In 1975 the centre expanded to a northern complex where a further 10 hard courts were constructed.
In 1976, a local boy, Mark Edmondson became the last Australian player to win the Australian Open on grass courts at Kooyong, Victoria. In one of the greatest upsets in Open history, Mark ranked 212th in the world defeated John Newcombe 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. Mark was also a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 1982 and has 6 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles as well as 40 international tournament wins under his belt.
Our most recent successful former local junior player is Nathan Healey. Nathan is part of a well-known tennis family where his father Greg and Grandfather Noel were both previous coaches and operators of the Gosford Tennis Centre. Nathan won 3 ATP doubles titles and reached a ranking of 199 in the world in June 2006. In 2007 he played for Australia at the Hopman Cup and was the coach of former world No 1 player Lleyton Hewitt.
Today, the GDTA constitution’s objective is to promote the game of tennis via increased participation within the Gosford Local Government Area. With the help of Tennis Australia and NSW, the Gosford City Council, State and Federal governments, the GDTA now comprises of 17 clubs/tennis centres, 1800 members, and 71 tennis courts stretching from Patonga in the South to Forresters Beach in the North. For further information on local centres please click here.