KAYNE Brereton is off to next month’s Australian Open after helping promote Warrrnambool’s bid to get its name in lights at the Grand Slam tennis event.
The 11-year-old sent a photo of himself playing tennis with his younger brother Kye on a pontoon on the Merri River to Tennis Australia’s AO Blitz.
The novel photo captured the attention of judges. It won a place in the competition’s weekly hall of fame and two tickets to the Open for Kayne and his father.
Kayne, a pupil at St Joseph’s Primary School, said he had honed his tennis skills playing the game on the driveway at home with three of his four brothers.
The Hall of Fame rewards those who undertake challenging tennis tasks, such as tricks or large-scale participation, with points towards their town’s entry in the blitz.
Warrnambool is seventh in the national competition, which gives cities and towns a chance to be represented by one of the world’s best players competing at the Open and worldwide publicity.
The competition has the potential to expose Warrnambool to an international audience with top-ranked towns promoted next to their representative players’ names on scoreboards at the event.
Tennis Australia ran a road show in Warrnambool last month to encourage people to register online and take part in tennis-based activities to earn the city points.
Events will also be held in Warrnambool over the next two weekends to help the city rack up more points.
Warrnambool Indoor Tennis Centre manager Rob Urquhart said tennis-based activities — such as hitting a ball at targets and juggling a number of balls with a racquet — will be held at the Civic Green from 11am-1pm on Saturdays and from 11am-1pm on Sundays near the Beach Kiosk on Pertobe Road.
Mr Urquhart said those taking part in the activities will be filmed and the vision sent online to the Blitz competition to support Warrnambool’s entry in the competition.
“We are sitting seventh at the moment,” Mr Urquhart said.
“We are doing very well. We hope to keep that up.”
AO Blitz spokesman Aaron Bosse said the competition would run for another five weeks.