In January two rising champions from ANZ’s Junior Tennis program in China attended the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne and participated in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shot of the Year program. By broadening the exchange to bring Australian kids to China, ANZ hopes to improve ties and understanding at junior sporting levels.
ANZ Chief Executive Officer Mike Smith said: “We’re proud to be associated with junior tennis programs in Australia and China, supporting grass roots tennis development. We’re committed to tennis across the region and by providing these opportunities for young people to forge connections we’re contributing to deepening the Australia-China relationship.”
Since early 2013, ANZ has been developing young talent and supporting the growth of tennis through its junior tennis program in China, which to date has involved around 1,200 participants from schools. In Australia, more than 190,000 children are registered to the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program.
Today around 100 children from the ANZ Junior Tennis Program will participate in demonstration matches at Qizhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai to win the chance to be part of next year’s exchange. Tennis legend Michael Chang said: “ANZ’s sponsorship provides an opportunity to support the development of junior tennis which is something very close to my heart. The fact that two young children will have the opportunity to travel and experience a very different culture and tennis environment is very exciting.”
ANZ was announced the International Banking and Finance partner of the Shanghai Rolex Masters for a five year period in November 2012, extending its association with tennis beyond its successful partnership with the Australian Open, Asia-Pacific’s only Grand Slam.
ANZ is the only Australian banking corporation registered in China, and currently has branches in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Qingdao.