Truganina tennis mural a hit

Lleyton Hewitt unveiling the new mural with, Max (7), Charlie (9), Georgia (9) and artist Paink. (Provided)

A 22-metre-long mural of Australian sporting legend and former world number one player, Lleyton Hewitt, has been unveiled on a tennis hit-up wall in Truganina.

Grandview developer Stockland commissioned Melbourne artist Paink to create the mural which features two portraits of Lleyton Hewitt at the recently opened Highline Park

Stockland development director Jackie Kent said the hit-up wall provides a dedicated space for tennis enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to practise and enjoy the sport.

“Recreational spaces like this encourage residents and the local community to lead an active and healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“We’re excited to incorporate the talent and legacy of Lleyton Hewitt to Stockland Grandview, which I’m sure will inspire a new generation of tennis players.

“The hit-up wall is a timely addition to the community with the Australian Open just around the corner, and we look forward to seeing families make great use of Highline Park this summer.”

Located on the corner of Highline Boulevard and Altezze Drive, Highline Park also includes a large grassed area, a playground with a 10-metre-tall tower, and a multi-use sports court.

Artist Paink said the mural took approximately 100 hours to complete and was painted across 12 days.

“It was an honour to be part of this project. Lleyton is an Australian icon and I wanted to capture his energy and celebrate his remarkable career,” he said.

Melton mayor Kathy Majdlik commended Stockland for its ongoing effort to enhance community life.

“We applaud Stockland for their commitment to community engagement and the development of facilities that enhance the quality of life for residents. The mural is a fantastic addition, inspiring locals to stay active and healthy,” she said.