8 September 2020 | Tennis SA

75 Reception students at Reidy Park Primary School were given brand new racquets today thanks to ANZ and Tennis Australia’s initiative to get kids moving.

As part of the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow initiative, tennis legend Todd Woodbridge made a special virtual appearance through a video call to encourage students to pick up a racquet.

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow campaign will deliver racquets to thirty-thousand first year primary school students at more than 800 schools across Australia.

By December, 170,000 racquets will have been delivered to schools since 2015, thanks to ANZ.

This initiative to introduce more kids to tennis comes as reports continued to be released about declining levels of activity in children.  These racquets will help get kids moving at school, home and in the community.

“There are so many skills that kids can develop at a young age by playing tennis, regardless of whether that’s on the court, in their backyard or even in their lounge room” said Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to be a part of this year’s ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow,” said Sam Griffith, Reidy Park Primary School Acting Principal.

“It has been wonderful to have Todd Woodbridge visit our school virtually today and to have the team from Tennis SA here to present the students with their racquets.

“A big thank you to ANZ, we look forward to seeing the kids jump on court with their new racquets very soon!”

“Our partnership with ANZ has given 170,000 kids across Australia the opportunity to get active and enjoy playing tennis as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Tennis Australia’s Chief Tennis Officer Matt Dwyer said.

“After the disrupted year our kids have had, keeping them active and engaged is even more important for their overall wellbeing. ANZ has helped us put racquets in their hands, giving kids the tools they need to be creative in how they experience our sport.”

“We’re really proud of our continued support of tennis at a grassroots level, encouraging Australians to get active and look after their wellbeing,” said Katherine Bray, Managing Director Retail at ANZ.

“Over the past five years this partnership with Tennis Australia has delivered racquets to thousands of communities across the country, helping young kids to get involved in community sports like tennis.”

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow fast facts

  • The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Racquet Roadshow will deliver brand new tennis racquets to first year primary school age children across all states and territories in Australia for the fourth consecutive year
  • By the end of 2020, a total of 170,000 racquets will have been delivered to children since 2015, thanks to ANZ
  • Tennis Australia’s School Partnership Program aims to give children the opportunity to pick up a racquet and play tennis as part of their health and physical education curriculum

For further information about ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, please visit