Thirty years of commitment to the Australian Open is set to come to an end following this year’s tournament for Colac’s Mike Green.
Tennis Australia recognised Green for his three decades of involvement during a special presentation at Rod Laver Arena ahead of this year’s Grand Slam event.
Green, 71, said it was the end of an era, but he would finish up with his fair share of fond memories since starting in 1990.
“My mother Mollie was a member of Camberwell Tennis Club, and not long after she died she got a letter doing a call-out for a courtesy driver at the Australian Open,” Green recalled.
“I’d been living in Colac for 16 years but I was born and bred in Melbourne so I knew it pretty well, so I applied and I got it,” he said.
“I never actually played tennis, my mum was a tennis player, and so was my brother Kevin, he went to the states to work as a tennis coach at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in San Antonio.”
Green was a courtesy driver for five years before moving into a role managing Albert Reserve where he spent the next 15 years.
The retired Colac teacher has spent the past decade as a player concierge, or transport welcome host.
See today’s Colac Herald for more on Colac residents at the Australian Open.