Tennis player Anne Rossiter receives runner-up trophy from idol

Finalist: Anne Rossiter shows off the trophy she received from her tennis idol, Pat Rafter, at the Australian Tennis Championships. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Finalist: Anne Rossiter shows off the trophy she received from her tennis idol, Pat Rafter, at the Australian Tennis Championships. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Alex Bolt may have stolen the national headlines, but Murray Bridge had another tennis player competing at Melbourne Park recently as well.

Anne Rossiter competed in the Australian Tennis Championships, an annual tournament for athletes with an intellectual disability.

The conditions were hot, she said, and she had to make sure she drank plenty of fluids and applied sunscreen.

She made it through the round robin of the women's II2 singles, for players with Down syndrome, before losing in the final.

However, consolation was sweet.

Her runner-up trophy was presented by her all-time favourite tennis player: former world number one Pat Rafter.

She also received $400 in prize money for her efforts, and was able to watch Bolt play in the Australian Open on her trip, too.

Rossiter started playing tennis at the age of 10 and lists her ambition as “to be the best I can be”.

She has previously competed at the same event, and at the Peter Smith State Tennis Championships.

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