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    IMPRESSED: Natimuk farmer Carl Sudholz and his son Benson, 9, with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and Norman Brookes Challenge Cup atop Mt Arapiles with the Australian Open logo cut into a paddock in the background. Picture: TENNIS VICTORIA

An ace idea to promote Australian Open tennis trophy visit

Natimuk farmer Carl Sudholz spent a few weeks driving the header during harvest thinking about how to make an idea from Tennis Victoria club development officer Kate-Lyn Perkin come to life.

“Kate-Lyn wanted a giant Australian Open logo to help promote the inter-regional country championships tournament in Horsham and a visit to the region of the historic Australian Open trophies,” he said.

“She approached me during harvest and as the weeks rolled on I thought we could cultivate the logo in a wheat stubble paddock at the base of Mt Arapiles.

“We slashed the logo with a couple of lawn mowers then scarified it.

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“My daughters Olivia, 15, and Phoebe, 13, helped measure and mark it out. Each letter is 50 metres by 50 metres and the template is 100 metres by 50 metres. I was impressed with how it looked from up on the mountain.”

The veteran tennis player still graces the courts with Natimuk alongside eldest daughter Bethany, 17, in Central Wimmera Tennis Association’s A Special grade.

“While it’s nice to have a few wins it is just great to catch up and enjoy each other’s company,” he said.

“The start of the season was a bit unusual because everyone was itching to get back into sport after all the disruptions – it’s a compulsory catch-up.”

Tennis Victoria’s tour with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and Norman Brookes Challenge Cup visited the 66th Inter-regional Country Championships at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club and other Wimmera centres.

Tennis Australia representatives headed by former Olympic champion Nicole Bradtke also visited Murtoa Stick Shed as part of the regional tour.

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