Australia's Alicia Molik reaches for a backhand return to Italy's Roberta Vinci in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
Australia's Alicia Molik reaches for a backhand return to Italy's Roberta Vinci in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill) Andrew Brownbill

Molik to hand out new racquets

AUSTRALIA'S Fed Cup tennis Captain Alicia Molik will visit students at Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina on Tuesday.

Molik will present 50 brand new tennis racquets as part of ANZ and Tennis Australia's School Partnership Program.

She will also be at Casino Public School, Lismore Tennis Club and Casino Tennis Club on Monday.

The 36-year-old reached a career-high singles ranking of World No 8 and won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 2004.

She made it as far as the Australia Open quarter- finals before retiring for a second time in 2011.

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program has ensured school students registered to the School Partnership Program receive a new tennis racquet, with more than 80,000 taking up the opportunity since January 2015.

There are currently more than 2000 schools across Australia which participate in the program as part of their health and physical education curriculum, with 438 located in New South Wales.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots ambassador Molik is delighted to see the opportunities the program offers to young children.

"ANZ has helped us deliver 80,000 tennis racquets to children, and you can't wipe the smiles off the kids' faces,” Molik said.

"It's fantastic to see so many racquets in the hands of young children, which really encourages them to participate in physical activity while doing something that is fun.

"The School Partnership Program is accessible to any primary school in Australia, and gives kids the opportunity to play tennis as part of their curriculum.

"Tennis is a fantastic sport for kids and their families to play as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.”

More than 213,883 children played ANZ Tennis Hot Shots last summer.



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