Poppy named ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year

Poppy, a 10-year-old from Queensland, is the 2017 ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots ambassador Alicia Molik presented her with the award in a special presentation at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open.

“I was shocked when they called my name out, I didn’t expect it,” Poppy said.

“I’m so excited to win.”

Poppy, who is a green ball player at the Bundaberg Junior Tennis Association, receives a grand prize of $5,000 from ANZ, a year of free tennis coaching and a private coaching lesson for her and three friends with Molik at her local tennis club.

The eight nominees for the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year award received a VIP experience at the Australian Open, which included meeting ANZ ambassador Dylan Alcott and playing at Rod Laver Arena during the tournament.

“To be somewhere where Roger Federer or Serena Williams have played on – that was just so cool,” Poppy said of the experience.

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Carolyn Bendall, Head of Marketing at ANZ Australia congratulated Poppy on her award.

“There was a great pool of candidates for the award and we know that Poppy has made her tennis club very proud with her fantastic attitude and dedication,” Bendall said.

A record 394,584 participants were involved in ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Tennis Australia’s official junior participation program designed to introduce children aged between three and 12 years to tennis, in 2016-17.

BE A WINNER TOO

Could you be the 2018 ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year? If you are an ANZ Tennis Hot Shots participant, enter now by explaining in 100 words or less why you deserve to win the award. Eight nominees receive an equipment package and a VIP experience at Australian Open 2019.

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