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Name Game

You may never make a name for yourself as an Australian Open champion, but you can make your name known on an Oz Open Show Court. Tennis Australia is hosting a contest enabling you — that’s right you — to take naming rights to an Australian Open Show Court.

You can be creative, unique and bold in branding the show court (no “Kangaroo Court” or “Vegemite Delight” suggestions please).

Pay tribute to Aussie cult hero Andrew Ilie, famous for channeling his inner Incredible Hulk and ripping his shirt to shreds to celebrate victories by suggesting “The Tearer Zone”.

Honor Aussie legends Evonne Goolagong (“Goolagong Ground”, “Sunshine Stadium”), Harry Hopman (“HopStop”), Pat Rafter (“Captain’s Court”), Fred “The Fiery One” Stolle (“Fire Island”, “Stolle Stadium”), Lew Hoad “Hoad Abode”), Ken Rosewall (“Muscles Memory”), the Woodies (“Wood Hood”), Roy Emerson (“Emmo’s Alley”), Tony Roche (“Roche Trap”), or Pat Cash (“Cash Corner”, “Checkered Past Zone”).

Recognize five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams  — “Serena Stadium”, “Diva Domain”, “The Nail Salon”, “It Is What It Is Zone” — or lethal-serving Aussie lefty Wayne Arthurs (“King Arthur’s Court”).

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. The deadline to enter is Monday, November 22nd at 8 a.m. Eastern time. The contest winner will receive a copy of the 2010 Australian Open Official Film (it would be nice for Tennis Australia officials to add a kick-serve clinic from Sam Stosur or a celebratory viche from Lleyton Hewitt).

To enter, please visit this Name New AO Show Court Facebook page.

Current entries include  “Pat Rafter Arena”, “Crooked Jocker Court” and “Rosewall Stadium”.

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