PLAYING on Rod Laver Arena is a special thrill, even for tennis professionals.
So when 10 lucky tennis juniors from G&S Tennis Academy had their chance to do it there was a real buzz in the air.
On 25 January Mackinley Eenjes, Brodie Wallace, Nathaniel Foster, Grace Arkley, Sophie Efandis, Nicola Efandis, Brock Howes, Caitlyn Koppen, Eva Istraty and Harry Humphries walked down the tunnel at Melbourne Park, following in the footsteps of their heroes playing the concurrent Australian Open.
After their hitting session on centre court, the players and a family member enjoyed the rest of the day watching tennis and visiting the Fan Zone.
The players were from a number of tennis clubs where Glen and Sally Kirstine coach throughout the Latrobe Valley, including Churchill, Pax Hill, Newborough and Trafalgar.
As part of the Tennis Hotshots – Kids on Court program, the 10 players and Sally had the opportunity to play on Rod Laver Arena prior to the Angelique Kerber versus Annika Beck match.