SERBIAN professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic is playing for Cororooke at this year’s Australian Open.
The Colac district town was among tennis clubs from across Australia which hosted Free Tennis Days in 2015, earning points for every person in attendance.
Tennis Australia then rewarded the top points-scoring towns with players to support on court at Melbourne Park this summer, with Cororooke receiving number-20 seeded Ivanovic.
If Ivanovic is successful, the trophy will pass through Cororooke on its tour, while the tennis club will also receive a cash prize.
“I received a phone call from the Australian Open last week, because of our efforts with our Free Tennis Day in the September school holidays last year, we have been issued with Ana Ivanovic,” Cororooke Tennis Club secretary Caroline Grist said.
“Ana is currently seeded number 20, she’s a hot contender in the women’s tennis,” she said.
“Because we’ve got such a high-seeded player who has potential to go through to the finals, we’re naturally very excited.
“We’re making an effort for the community to get behind it.”
As part of the initiative, thirty-eight people from Cororooke’s tennis club and community posed for a group photo which will appear on the big screen when Ivanovic takes the court.
“This photo will go on the big screen, and Ana will be told she’s got the Cororooke community supporting her,” Grist said.
“She’s probably never heard of Cororooke, but it’s exciting for our little town, hopefully she goes well,” she said.
Grist said the selection had brought the small community together.
“It’s just exciting that the town will be promoted at the Australian Open,” she said.
“We feel quite privileged to have such a high-profile player issued to us.”