18 October 2016 | Tennis Australia

Two ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Aston Monteleone (Shepparton, Victoria) and Caillie Warwick (Isaacs, ACT), had the chance of a lifetime when they met world No.1 and six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in Shanghai.

The two budding tennis stars were flown to China to hit with Djokovic at the Shanghai Rolex Masters after winning a competition, thanks to ANZ.

Aston and Caillie met the world No.1 following his practice session last Wednesday and had the opportunity to rally with him in front of the Shanghai crowd.

The eight-year-olds posed for photos with Djokovic before giving him a gift to show their appreciation.

Djokovic said afterwards on Twitter: “I had a great time having a hit with Aston and Caillie from ANZ Tennis Hot Shots!”

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

Aston and Caillie were also lucky enough to toss the coin for the match between world No.2 Andy Murray and world No.24 Steve Johnson on centre court.

Take a look at the photo gallery of their trip here.

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.

The Shanghai Rolex Masters is one of the world’s biggest tennis tournaments and is only one of nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. The tournament ran from 9 to 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.