Locals holding court

THE Australian Open, the first major tennis event of the year, is underway.

Dressed in their bright Lacoste uniforms, keep your eye out at the event and on TV for four locals working on court during the two-week event.

Kelly Krusic from Longford is working at her eighth Australian Open, but this year will be her first as a chair umpire after obtaining her international chair umpiring certification in Hong Kong in October.

Steve Shanahan from Sale is making his debut this year as a line judge. Shanahan joined the Victorian Umpires Association in 2011, and having worked at professional and junior ITF tournaments, has now gained the required experience to officiate at the main event.

Meagan Mogridge is working at her fourth and final Australian Open as a ball person. Mogridge, from Sale, has worked the tournament since she was 12 years old and has been on court with all the world’s best players.

William Runciman from Maffra is making his debut as a ball person this year. Runciman was selected to work the Australian Open after many levels of trials, beginning in Traralgon.

Mogridge and Runciman both attended many training days leading up to January.