NOT many young tennis players can lay claim to having had a hit on Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open, but the Sale Hot Shot kids will do just that when they join the world's biggest tennis stars at this year's tournament.
On Thursday, January 19, 10 lucky Sale Hot Shot players will play on Rod Laver Arena before the start of the day's singles action.
The children will complete an eight minute drill set by Australian Open officials and then play for a further 20 minutes, before one Hot Shotter has the opportunity to toss the coin at the start of the match.
Sale Tennis Club coach Mick Mullins said the day kept the kids absorbed in tennis, and was a great promoter for the entire club.
"It's a really big buzz for these guys," Mr Mullins said.
"I hope we can keep it going year after year."
Seth Mayman, aged 9, hoped to meet Roger Federer, and said he felt very excited about the day.
"I've never played a sport with thousands of people watching before," Seth said.
"It's quite nerve-wracking."
Sale Tennis Club was awarded the opportunity to put forward Hot Shot players by holding an open tennis day at the club, with members of the public encouraged to come and try tennis for the day.
The next open day will be a junior clinic held on January 20, aimed at children who want to improve their game, with an emphasis on correct technique and a process of continual improvement.
The two hour session costs $15 and everybody is welcome.
To confirm a spot or for more information, phone Mick on 0409 651 556.