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Australian Open Kids On Court Experience 2022

January 17 January 24


Every year during the Australian Open, some lucky Vida kids from all our venues have the opportunity to have an on-court playing experience. As part of the ANZ Hots Shots program, kids will play tennis on the Australian Open court before the first match of the day. The kids will play for approx 20 to 30 minutes and then one of the kids on the court will have the opportunity to toss the coin at the start of the match. A parent and the child is then free to stay for the day and watch some world class tennis and experience all of what the Australian Open has to offer.

This is an amazing opportunity to play on the court your favorite players will be playing on! In previous years, Vida kids have been lucky enough to:

  • Practice with World Number 1 Novak Djokovic on an outside court (see picture below)
  • Play on Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena
  • Toss the coin on match courts – some kids got on the big screen and even a couple on prime time night matches
  • Being interviewed on the big screen before play started

Each Vida Venue has been allocated a number of positions for our Hot Shots participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate every child, so to make things fair we will once again be drawing it out of a hat if we go over the numbers allocated at each venue.

Registration Via the Link Below

Below are all the dates for each venue. Your registrations come with a practice session at your club before the day. Please read all the information before registering for the opportunity and ensure you are available on your club’s specific day. If you have any further questions please speak to the contact listed.

  • MCC Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club 
    Tuesday 18th January – Practice Day & Time: Sunday 16th 3pm
    Thursday 20th January – Practice Day & Time: Sunday 16th 3pm
    Tuesday 25th January – Practice Day & Time: Monday 24th 5pm
    Contact: Angelo 0407 477 798 angelo@vidatennis.com.au
  • Essendon Tennis Club
    Saturday 22nd January – Practice Day & Time: Thursday 20th Time 2pm
    Wednesday 26th January – Practice Day & Time: Thursday 20th Time 2pm
    Thursday 27th January (GIRLS ONLY) – Practice Day & Time: Thursday 20th Time 2pm
    Contact Ashleigh 0422 240 269 ashleigh@vidatennis.com.au
  • Veneto Club Bulleen
    Monnday 24th January – Practice Day & Time: Saturday 22nd 9am
    Contact Blake 0402 442 414 blake@vidatennis.com.au
  • Kew 
    Tuesday 25th January – Practice Day & Time: Saturday 22nd 11.30am
    Contact Danny 0425 791 441 danny@vidatennis.com.au
  • Altona Tennis Club
    Saturday 22nd January – Practice Day & Time: Friday 21st – Time TBC
    Contact Mark 0488 098 680 mark@vidatennis.com.au
  • Box Hill Senior Secondary 
    Thursday 27th Jan – (GIRLS ONLY) – Practice Day & Time: Players will join another venue session at either Veneto / Kew / MCC Glen Iris
    If boys want to have the opportunity – Please select the Veneto Club Bulleen or MCC Glen Iris Options
    Contact Kane 0401052636 kane@vidatennis.com.au
  • Power Street Tennis Club – 
    Saturday Jan 22nd – Practice Day & Time: Friday 21st Time 9am
    Contact Andrew 0419 546 458 andrew@vidatennis.com.au

To be eligible to come on the day you need to;

  • Be a registered Hot Shots player with Tennis Australia – if you are not, click on the link below and register – http://hotshots.tennis.com.au/register/
  • Have lessons at a Vida Tennis Venue

What is included on the day and the cost;

  • 1 x ground pass for a child
  • 1 x ground pass for a parent
  • Practice at your club before the experience. You will get provided all the details at the practice session as well as via email.
  • $65
    NOTE: Registering your interest in FREE, but please ensure you can attend the practive and AO Experience. An invoice will be sent to each individual once their place is confirmed.

So if you want to have a chance to be part of the Australian Open on court experience, register on the link below by Jan 6th. We will notify the kids who are coming on the day shortly after.


COVID-19 Acknowledgement – From the Australian Open

All participants will be subject to the Entry terms and conditions of AO (available at Tickets FAQs | AO (ausopen.com)). We have highlighted some of the key terms below:

  • Vaccination – Everyone aged 12 years 2 months and over must be fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption.
  • Anyone under the age of 12 years 2 months must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent/guardian.
  • Check In – On arrival, you will be required to check in via Service Victoria and show their COVID-19 digital certificate (We recommend you download the Service Victoria app and link your digital certificate).
  • Biosecurity Measures – You are required to follow any other directions communicated by Tennis Australia Biosecurity team.
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Angelo Giampaolo
Sean Hosemans
Nick Opasinov
Mark Peel
Kane Dewhurst
Danny Oltvay
Andrew Whittington
Blake Poyser

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