Ravensthorpe tennis ace heads to Australian Open

Standout player: Nine-year-old Toby Burton will join eight children from across the country in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Future Champs team. Photo: Helen Burton.

Standout player: Nine-year-old Toby Burton will join eight children from across the country in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Future Champs team. Photo: Helen Burton.

A Ravensthorpe tennis star has won a trip of a lifetime to the 2020 Australian Open.

Nine-year-old Toby Burton will join eight children from across the country in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Future Champs team.

Toby was nominated by his parents and coaches at the Ravensthorpe Tennis Club and was selected for his excellent sportsmanship, passion and enthusiasm for tennis, on and off the court.

He will join his fellow tennis hot shots for a two-day trip to the Australian Open where he will be granted a behind-the-scenes look at the competition and training with Olympic medalist Alicia Molik on Rod Laver Arena.

Toby said he had played tennis his entire life and enjoyed having a hit with his family on Friday nights.

"I love tennis because I get to socialise with friends and adults at our club," he said.

"I can play tennis nearly anywhere. Sometimes I practice in our super shed, I can even play on holidays.

Toby said he was "so excited" to take part in the trip.

" I get to fly to Melbourne and meet the famous players and I will get to be a VIP," he said.

"I am excited to see all of the famous players, but it would be so cool to see Ash Barty and Roger Federer."

ANZ Australia chief marketing officer Sweta Mehra said all the winners displayed a passion for tennis and great attitude to match.

"We know Toby has done his community proud and we're looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him," she said.