Serena Williams wins Australian Open trophy for Casino
SERENA Williams won the Australian Women's Open for the sixth time on the weekend, but it was the first time she did it on behalf of Casino Town Tennis Club
"It was a big win," club president Rachel Garrett said.
After coming second in Tennis Australia's AO Blitz competition the Casino club could elect Williams as its representative in the Australian Open Tennis Tournament.
The win for Williams and the Casino Tennis Club means the Australian Open Women's trophy will visit Casino, and there will be a town party to commemorate the event.
Exact details were being finalised, Ms Garrett said.
"I'm expecting a phone call," she said.
Signed Serena Williams memorabilia will also be made available to the club, and a video message from the tennis superstar is on the way.
Williams has been photographed holding a sign at the tournament that reads: "Casino (NSW) is cheering for Serena Williams".
Already the Schieb family from Casino has autographs by the tennis champion.
Tennis Australia gave the Casino club 20 tickets to the women's final and the Schiebs were among those who took the opportunity to go to Melbourne.
In a chance encounter, Williams bumped into the family after her win and signed autographs for them, Casino tennis coach Brendan Lee said.
Mr Lee joined up to 60 Casino tennis fans to watch the final on a big screen at the clubhouse.
There was a barbecue, and games, as well as quizzes to make the event an interactive experience, Ms Garrett said.