WINNER: Gympie junior tennis ace Grace Dixon is off to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
WINNER: Gympie junior tennis ace Grace Dixon is off to Melbourne for the Australian Open. Contributed

Young Grace wins a trip to the Australian Open

TEN-year-old Grace Dixon has won a trip to the Australian Open in Melbourne and the chance to meet some of her tennis idols.

Grace has always hoped to go to the Australian Open and when she saw the application to enter the competition while designing her Hot Shot's shirt she couldn't believe her luck.

She has always kept the idea of heading down to Rod Laver Arena in the back of her mind and was even considering heading down with family members.

Two weeks from now Grace will be heading down to Melbourne and hopes to see her idol, professional Swiss player Roger Federer and says she "watches all of his matches and if she can't, she will record them".

Little Grace immersed herself in the sport after watching tennis in the mornings before school and after her friend suggested she join Grace took her taking her advice has now been playing ever since.

After four years of playing tennis she say she "enjoys interacting with other kids and learning new skills".

As a part of her prize, along with hopefully meeting some of the big names in tennis, Grace has been given a VIP pass into the Rod Laver Arena for three days where she can watch some of her favourite players battle it out on the court.

Grace is one of the 12 winners who answered questionnaires in order to go into the draw for the major prize which is for tennis legend Alicia Molik to come to Gympie, including $5000 prize money and one years' worth of tennis training.

Gympie Times


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