REFLECTED GLORY: Chloe Worness, 7, of Casino, checks out the Australian Open Women’s Trophy at Beef Week 2015.
REFLECTED GLORY: Chloe Worness, 7, of Casino, checks out the Australian Open Women’s Trophy at Beef Week 2015. Marc Stapelberg

Serena's World Cup trophies displayed at Beef Week

Casino Country Tennis Club and Tennis Australia doubled to display two Australian Open trophies, including the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup presented to the Australian Women's' Singles Champion.

After coming second in Tennis Australia's AO Blitz competition, the Casino Country Tennis Club won the right to elect Williams as its representative in the Australian Open Tennis Tournament.

So when Williams won the Australian Women's Open for the sixth time this year the tennis club won bragging rights to the trophy and jumped at the opportunity to display it at Casino's premier event.

Casino Country Tennis Club president Rachel Garrett said it was the first time the club had exhibited at Beef Week but they certainly came out strong with their opening serve.

Ms Garret said the club's win at the AO Blitz competition saw an increase in club membership.

"The club is going from strength to strength and we thank the support of Tennis Australia," she said.

While only Tennis Australia 'keepers' with special white gloves could handle the trophy, there were plenty of hands-on activities for our local young Australian Open hopefuls.

Tennis Australia brought with them Hot Shots, Speed Serve and general free play tennis activities.

On Saturday morning, 10-year-old Max Simpkin clocked a speed serve of 151 km/h, only 3km slower than the nearest adult serve.

"Max is definitely one to watch," Ms Garrett said.

There were no security breaches at Beef Week, but Ms Garrett joked that the trophies' size would impair only the strongest of thieves. The Daphne Akhurst cup is 21 kilograms and the touring Norman Brookes Challenge Cup (men's trophy) is 22kg.

"I don't think you'd get very far with them in the crowds," she said.

The club also entered a float on the parade which displayed the trophies.

Earlier this year, Serena Williams gave a special video thank you message to the people of Casino when they elected her for the AO Blitz competition.

Signed Serena Williams memorabilia was made available to the club.



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