Colac volunteer’s Australian Open honour

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley, right, congratulates Colac’s Michael Green on his 25 years service to the tournament. INSET: Mr Green.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley, right, congratulates Colac’s Michael Green on his 25 years service to the tournament. INSET: Mr Green.

THE BOOMING voice of Australian Open tennis announcer Craig Willis helped mark 25 years of service to the tournament for Colac’s Michael Green.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley congratulated Mr Green on centre court at Rod Laver Arena at an official ceremony last week.

The Colac Sportsmen’s Club secretary, who has worked as a driver, a practice court manger and a player concierge at the Open, said he was happy with his contribution to the tournament.

“There was about 25 of us and we came out where the players walk onto the court,” Mr Green said.

“Craig Willis introduced us and we walked along the northern side and ended up at the southern end where they took a big group photo of us.

“It was just before Hewitt’s first match and everyone applauded.”

Mr Green spends three weeks in Melbourne each year, meeting and greeting the world’s best players in his most recent role as a player concierge.

He said the work schedule was busy but he enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the players including Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

“It’s just the social side of it that’s very enjoyable, you might meet the number-one seed one minute and then a qualifier the next,” he said.

“Guys like Murray and Nadal are all very friendly, the say ‘good morning Mike’ so that’s always nice.

“The drivers bring them in and we’re there to meet and greet them, help with luggage and help put equipment back into cars; it’s a PR role really, it’s just about being polite and friendly.”

The Australian Open continues this week in Melbourne.

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