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Wilding Park, these days branded as Z Energy Tennis Centre, is a tennis facility located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The land at Wilding Park was purchased by Canterbury Tennis in the early 1920s and gradually developed into a tennis centre.
Several years ago, during the restructure of tennis in New Zealand, the Wilding Park assets were transferred to the Wilding Park Foundation Incorporated to ensure they were held in trust in perpetuity for the tennis players of the region. From the 1970s for three decades Wilding Park was known as ‘Davis Cup City’ with most of New Zealand’s home ties played there; this included many World Group ties or the earlier equivalent Zone Finals. In the last decade it has hosted annual ITF Junior Circuit events, Futures tennis tournaments, the ITF World Team Cup, ITF Super Seniors, an Asian Zone Fed Cup tournament and the 2011 ITF Seniors Championships. The Wilding Park Complex is named after Frederick Wilding, whose son, Tony Wilding, is still the only New Zealander to win a Wimbledon singles title.
The centre has 39 courts altogether, six Indoor Rebound Ace Courts, twenty-five Outdoor Hard Courts and eight Natural Grass Courts. Its 39 courts make it the largest tennis centre in New Zealand.
The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake had a devastating effect on the Wilding Park Complex, severely damaging all of the 39 courts as well as causing considerable damage to the buildings. Engineers have already undertaken a preliminary assessment of the facilities and it appears all the buildings are repairable but the courts will require considerable reconstruction.
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