5 October 2016 | Tennis Australia

Aston Monteleone (Shepparton, Victoria) and Caillie Warwick (Isaacs, ACT) have won the chance to meet world No.1 and six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic next week, thanks to ANZ.

The two lucky winners will fly to Shanghai, China to meet Djokovic at the Shanghai Rolex Masters after winning an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots competition.

Aston, a Grahamvale Primary School student who plays tennis at St Augustines and Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club was overjoyed to find out he had won the competition.

“When mum told me I had won the prize I was speechless and felt so happy,” said Aston.

“I am so excited to be going to Shanghai. I can’t wait to watch the tennis at the Shanghai Rolex Masters and have the chance to meet Novak Djokovic.”

Similarly Caillie was thrilled to hear she had won the special prize.

“I feel so lucky to be the winner of this huge prize,” said Caillie, a Sacred Heart Primary School student who plays tennis at Weston Creek Tennis Club.

“I have been doing some research about Novak’s career and the different things Mum and I might be able to see and do when we are in Shanghai.”

ANZ ambassador Novak Djokovic is looking forward to meeting Aston and Caillie.

“ANZ’s support of grassroots tennis via ANZ Tennis Hot Shots is great for local communities and important for the future growth of tennis in Australia,” Djokovic said.

“I look forward to meeting Aston and Caillie in Shanghai. It will be a fantastic opportunity for them to soak up the experience in a very different culture and motivate them on court for years to come.”

Carolyn Bendall, ANZ Head of Marketing Australia added: “As a proud sponsor of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, ANZ is committed to growing the sport of tennis right across the country.

We are delighted to be able to send Aston and Caillie on this once in a life time experience to meet our global ambassador and world No.1 Novak Djokovic.”

The competition was open to all registered ANZ Tennis Hot Shots participants around Australia and simply asked participants why they would like to meet the world’s best tennis player.

Aston and Caillie and their mums won return flights to Shanghai, three nights’ accommodation, tickets to the tennis and the exclusive opportunity to meet Djokovic.

The Shanghai Rolex Masters is one of the world’s biggest tennis tournament and is only one of nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. The tournament runs between 9 and 16 October 2016.

In 2014, ANZ announced its sponsorship of Tennis Australia’s fast-growing children’s starter program, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots. The development program is specifically designed for primary school-aged children between five to 12-years-of age and is one of Australia’s most popular sports participation programs with a record 213,883 participants nationwide in 2015/2016.