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Keeley Major to toss coin at Australian Open

By Brayden May

EVERY young Australian tennis player dreams of walking out on court at the Australian Open.

Rochester's Keeley Major will have that opportunity on Thursday on Rod Laver Arena after being one of 180 ANZ Tennis Shots participants selected to flip a commemorative coin to starta match between some of the world's best players.

And Major is hopeful of meeting current women's world number one Ash Barty.

“I would love to be able to shake Ash's hand and toss the coin for her,” she said.

“It would be amazing if I can wish her good luck because she seems so nice.

“I'm really looking forward to getting out on the court.”

The trip to Melbourne is set to be a family affair with Keeley's mum Rachael, dad Brad and sister Cadence all set to be in attendance.

“It's a great opportunity for Keeley and we're excited to see her on the court,” she said.

“For a kid from a small town, it's a massive opportunity because you don't always get access to these types of events.

“I'm sure it will be a moment Keeley never forgets.”

The coin Major will toss features an engraving of former world number one and 14-time grand slam champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC on the "heads" side of the coin.

While on the "tails" side a tennis ball alongside the ANZ logo is displayed.

“The coin toss at the beginning of an Australian Open match is always a special moment and I can’t wait to see the joy on the kids’ faces as they take part in this rare opportunity,” Cawley said.

While ANZ's Managing Director Retail Banking Katherine Bray said the initiative was a strong way to continue the bank's connection with community sport.

“We are proud to support grassroots tennis through the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program across Australia,” she said.

“The ANZ Commemorative Coin is a great initiative and a fun way to share the excitement of the Australian Open with our future tennis stars.”

Each participant has received their own coin in the lead-up to the tournament to help practice their flipping skills.