ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year nominee: Lara

Eight lucky participants will be selected as nominees for the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year award in 2018.

All nominees receive an equipment pack and a VIP experience at Australian Open 2019, as well as being in the running for the major prize that includes a lesson with ANZ Tennis Hot Shots ambassador Alicia Molik.

> Find out more about the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year competition

Meet Lara, one of the 2018 nominees…

ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year nominee Lara

Lara, 10, Western Australia

Coach: Jordan, Anthony and Mal

Club: Blue Gum Park Tennis Club

Where do you play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and what stage do you currently play?

I play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots at Blue Gum Park Tennis Club in the Green ball stage.

What do you like about playing tennis?

I like playing tennis because it is a fun sport to play and the coaches make me laugh. I also enjoy playing outside and hitting the ball with all the other kids. I look forward to my tennis class every week!

What is your favourite shot and why?

My favourite shot is my forehand because it is my best shot and I have more control when I am hitting the ball.

Who do you like playing tennis with?

I like playing tennis with my coaches and friends.

Do you have a favourite tennis player?

My favourite tennis player is Serena Williams because she is powerful and has played in lots of tennis events. I hope she plays well at the Australian Open this year.

> See who else is nominated for the 2018 ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year award

Do you have any tennis goals?

My tennis goals are to improve my backhand and to keep having fun playing tennis.

What is your favourite tennis memory? 

My favourite tennis memory is on holidays when I was playing tennis with my family. My new favourite tennis memory will be when I go to the Australian Open and see live tennis for the first time!

How does it feel to be nominated for the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year award?

When I first found out that I was nominated for the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year award, I felt so amazed and excited! I can’t believe that I have been chosen to go to the Australian Open to watch the tennis. I am thrilled to be going on a plane for the first time and to be going to Melbourne for my first trip.

What are you looking forward to when you visit the Australian Open?

I am looking forward to going to the Australian Open because I have never been to a real tennis match before and I have only watched it on TV. I am also very excited to get the chance to have a hit on Rod Laver Arena with the other seven nominees.