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Novak Djokovic

If you had to pick a tennis star to play for your cause, it would be hard to go past Novak Djokovic.

Especially if he was playing at the Australian Open.

The world No.1 is the three-time defending champion at Melbourne Park, the first player in the Open era to win a hat-trick of Australian titles. It was here where he also won the first of his six Grand Slam titles, back in 2008.

Nobody seemed better adapted to the blue Plexicushion of Rod Laver Arena than the spectacular Serb, and he could be playing for your town at Australian Open 2014 as part of the AO Blitz.

How can you get Djokovic doing this?

It’s easy – the more points you earn by completing challenges, the more points you earn for your nominated town. And the higher your town finishes on the leader-board, the more chance it will have of being represented by a highly seeded player. The top two towns on the leader-board will flip a coin to see which one scores the top-seeded male player, or the top-seeded female.

Your town could be associated with Novak Djokovic at Australian Open 2014; giant information screens around Melbourne Park, plus scheduling signage, would feature his name, nationality and the Australian town he’s ‘playing for’.

It’s a pretty exciting concept, especially when you consider the prizes on offer. If your representative player wins the men’s or women’s Australian Open singles title, you town will be treated to an AO Blitz party for the entire community, and a whole host of other prizes.

And when you cast your eye over the field, hardly any player would be a better bet to win the title than the 26-year-old from Belgrade.

Djokovic’s signature blend of attacking and defensive play are perfectly suited to the medium-paced hardcourts of Melbourne. And although he seems destined to soon surrender his No.1 ranking to Rafael Nadal – who has dominated their rivalry in 2013 – Djokovic has never lost to the Spaniard at the Australian Open.

In fact, against his chief rivals – Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – the Serb is undefeated at Melbourne Park since the tournament switched to Plexicushion in 2008. He’s a combined 6-0 against this illustrious trio.

It’s an extraordinary record, but then again, Novak Djokovic is an extraordinary player.

And by registering for the AO Blitz and completing as many challenges as you can, you'll increase your chances of having Djokovic competing for your town at Australian Open 2014. 

Follow the AO Blitz on Facebook and on Twitter @aoblitz.

Thursday, 18 December 2014
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