Australian Open officials have invited Prince William to next months tennis championships during his visit to Australia next month. Organizers are hopeful that Prince will be a VIP guest at the Melbourne Grand Slam.
Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard had sent an official invitation to Prince William, urging him to be guest of honour at Melbourne Park when he visits Victoria. The prince has a tight schedule for his three-day Australian tour, including a January 21 visit to areas devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires and a speech at an Australia Day reception hosted by Governor David de Kretser and Premier John Brumby.
But Australian Open chief Steve Wood said organizers were hoping Prince William would be at centre court during his tour of Melbourne.
Steve Wood said: “We are very hopeful Prince William will come. We have heard he is a bit of a tennis fan and we think he would absolutely love seeing the world’s best players on Rod Laver Arena at Australian Open 2010.”
Prince William is representing his grandmother The Queen on his trip to Australia next month