The Mastercard Hopman Cup will visit 30 schools in November to celebrate 30 years of the tournament in 2018.
More than 1500 students in schools and inter-school tennis competitions across Perth and the South West region of Western Australia will be involved.
Children will be able to get up close and personal with the Hopman Cup trophy and meet the tournament’s new mascot ‘Hoppy’ the Quokka.
Kids will also have the opportunity to pick up a racquet and play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, Tennis Australia’s official development program, and learn more about the history of the tournament.
Children can attend the Mastercard Hopman Cup in 2018 for just $5 during the day and $10 for all night sessions excluding the final in a move to welcome younger tennis fans to Perth Arena and the opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world compete.
All schools taking part in the tour are currently running tennis within their school curriculum as part of Tennis Australia’s School Partnership Program. There are 289 partner schools alone in Western Australia after some unprecedented growth throughout the state in the past 12 months.
Nationally, more than 2420 schools include ANZ Tennis Hot Shots as part of their health and physical education curriculum with tennis now recognised as the number one delivered Australian Sports Commission Sporting Schools Program in Australia.
A total of 384,584 played ANZ Tennis Hot Shots in schools and at clubs across Australia in 2016-17.
Tennis West CEO and Mastercard Hopman Cup General Manager Michael Roberts believes the 30 schools in 30 days tour is a fantastic way to support the link between tennis and one of Perth’s prestigious sporting events.
“Tennis in WA is currently thriving through the School Partnership Program which fosters a relationship between schools and the local community,” Roberts said.
“The tour aims to not only reward the schools that have taken part in this program, but also create a link to the tournament so that these students can see some of the best players in the world right here in Perth for as little as $5.
“Best of all, it is these top ranked players who will ultimately inspire students to continue their journey in our great sport.”
Dates are as follows:
3 November Ardross Primary School
3 November North Perth Primary School
6 November Kardinya Primary School
6 November Wembley Primary School
9 November Landsdale Primary School
10 November Madeley Primary School
13 November South West Tour (Dunsborough, Geographe and more)
17 November Catholic Primary School Sports Association Red Ball Gala, Noranda (13 schools)
20 November Regent College
21 November Mosman Park Primary School
22 November Rosalie Primary School
24 November Schools Hopman Cup Tournament (5 schools)
27 November Hollywood Primary School
30 November Riverton Primary School
1 December Sorrento Red Ball Challenge (6 schools)
Tickets are available to purchase via Ticketek.