Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2022 |

As the world’s best players prepare for a blockbuster summer of tennis, more than 60,000 kids are expected to pick up a racquet as part of the AO Holiday Program.

Former world No.20 Daria Saville joined award winning coach Vicky Lee and Tennis Hot Shots players at the Doncaster Tennis Club to launch the AO Holiday Program, which will be rolled out to a record 520 clubs by 285 coaches across Australia in January.

“It’s exciting to think that sixty thousand kids will be involved in the AO Holiday Program this year,” current world No.54 Daria Saville said.

“Grassroots tennis is where it begins and whether kids are picking up a racquet for the first time or are regular Tennis Hot Shots participants, they’ll no doubt be inspired by all the excitement of the AO and having the world’s best players in Australia for the summer.

“Local coaches and tennis clubs are pivotal in the development of the future champions of our game. Creating positive learning environments means kids foster a real love of the sport – and from that love anything is possible.”

“The Australian Open affords our sport a wonderful opportunity to connect the grassroots tennis community with the world’s best players and is a fantastic platform for inspiring players of all ages and abilities,” Tennis Australia Head of Programs Rebecca McDonald said.

“The number of kids involved in the AO Holiday Program has more than doubled since 2021. This is a tremendous result for our clubs and coaches, as well as a terrific opportunity for kids to discover Tennis Hots Shots, the perfect way to get started in our great sport.”

The AO Holiday Program takes Australian Open 2023 to tennis clubs across Australia, with AO themed giveaways, photo walls and activity booklets. AO Holiday Program content also includes Aussie player videos and The Great Tennis Quiz with quizmaster Todd Woodbridge.

To find out more about the AO Holiday Program, contact your local Tennis Australia Coach Member or tennis club now.

State of Play – Grassroots participation in Australia

  • Number one requested sporting school program in Australia (as reported by Sport Aus)
  • 3655 partner schools delivering tennis across Australia
  • More than 600,000 Tennis Hot Shots participants across Australia
  • 300,000 club members Australia wide
  • 18,000 tennis courts Australia wide
  • 2300 affiliated venues and clubs Australia wide
  • 3200 coach members
  • 79,000 competitive players Australia wide
  • 5000 talent development players Australia wide
  • 25,000 community volunteers Australia wide
  • 600 officiating members

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