By PHILIP CHANDLER
Arrowtown Tennis Club’s new coach is a household name in the sport in New Zealand.
Wānaka-based Alistair Hunt has been NZ’s Davis Cup captain since 2013, though he’s easing out of the role due to Covid travel restrictions.
A former tennis pro, he played 18 Davis Cup ties for NZ between ’95 and 2006.
A long-time mate, Queenstown Tennis Club coach Mark Milburn, approached him about the Arrowtown role early this year, and has passed on to him a number of junior and adult
players from the area.
‘‘It takes time to get known, but it won’t take him long,’’ Milburn says.
‘‘To have another quality coach in town is going to be fantastic for everybody, really.
‘‘We’ll work together to provide a better service.’’
Hunt says ‘‘I want to build the young ones right through to the better ones.
‘‘If we can just build it a little bit more and get it bigger and bigger, then that’s obviously a
He doesn’t regret scaling back his Tennis NZ commitments — ‘‘I’ve had a pretty good run’’.
Covid’s meant he’s had to pull back on foreign travel — he couldn’t make this month’s NZ
Davis Cup tie against South Korea in New York, for example — and with his wife running a
cafe and two young boys, he’s not wanted to get stuck overseas.