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Darwin Artists Start Work On Tennis Stars Mural

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A mural will be painted in honour of tennis icon Evonne Goolagong Cawley and world No.2 Ash Barty during the second edition of the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival (NITC) this week in Darwin, Northern Territory.

The artwork, to be painted by a group of local artists, including David Collins and Indigenous artists Shaun Lee ‘Hafleg’ and Jesse Bell, will be created to celebrate and recognise the incredible achievements of these two players.

From Thursday 29 August to Sunday 1 September, the Carnival will take place at the Darwin International Tennis Centre.

Hundreds of participants are expected to take part. The general public are invited to support the players and engage in a variety of cultural activities, music and workshops throughout the four days, including a Djuki Mala and Yirrmal concert taking place on Friday evening at the centre.

The mural is a celebration of the achievements of Indigenous tennis players, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Ash Barty

The two Indigenous players are the only two Australian women to achieve the world No.1 singles ranking in the modern era

Goolagong Cawley amassed 14 Grand Slam titles during her career and plays a pivotal role in supporting and educating Aboriginal youth on health and wellbeing through her foundation

Barty is a passionate advocate for Indigenous health and wellbeing, and her meteoric rise through the sporting ranks which has seen the Queenslander win her first Grand Slam title, reach world No.1, and be the most Googled Aussie by Aussies in 2019, will hopefully inspire more Indigenous youth to pick up a racquet

The large mural will be featured at the Darwin International Tennis Centre for all to see and will be completed on Friday 30 August

Celebrating the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival is a community event and invites the general public to support the players and engage in culture activities, music and workshops throughout the event

In its first year the carnival became the nation’s largest-ever gathering of Indigenous tennis players with more than 200 participants from every state and territory taking part. A similar number of participants are expected to attend this year.