Hewitt and Hingis to go head to head in Tap Tennis match

Australia, Sydney – January 13, 2017 – Martina Hingis and Lleyton Hewitt have shown the world what forearm strength can do, and this year at the Australian Open, in their official capacity as Mastercard Happy Slam ambassadors, they’ll be showcasing the strength of happiness.

Affectionately known as the Happy Slam amongst the tennis community, the Australian Open is a sporting calendar highlight for tennis players and hard core fans alike. This year, in its first year of sponsoring the Happy Slam, Mastercard, the Official Payment Partner of the Australian Open, has recruited Hingis and Hewitt to help spread the happiness to fans and spectators in surprising and priceless ways at unexpected times. With a focus on serving pure happiness at the Australian Open, Mastercard and its ambassadors will make this the happiest slam yet.

Mastercard will also introduce Tap Tennis to the event, a two player digital tennis game housed on a touch screen table. The game involves each player digitally tapping the ball back to the other person and mirrors a real tennis match – one player serves and points are awarded in the same scoring system, starting at love, then 15, 30, 40 and game point. The player who wins the best of three games is deemed the winner.

Hewitt and Hingis will be dialling up the happiness by taking part in Tap Tennis exhibition match to determine whose on-court talent can best translate to Tap Tennis. Taking place on Mastercard Monday, 23rd January, this will be the first ever digital tennis game to be played at a major sporting event between two tennis champions.

In 2001, Hewitt became the youngest ever player in men’s singles history to be ranked World No. 1. With a US Open and Wimbledon crown under his belt, Hewitt is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest ever players. Hewitt contested twenty consecutive Australian Open tournaments. He is synonymous with Australian Tennis and continues to contribute strongly to the sport as the Australian team Davis Cup Captain and Tennis commentator. His Tap Tennis talent is currently unmeasured, and he is not yet ranked.

Hingis is a three-time winner of the Australian Open.  She first showed spectacular talent at just 16, when she won her inaugural Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in 1997. Hingis has long been a favourite of Australian Open fans, and will compete in the 2017 Happy Slam in the doubles competition in both mixed and women’s. She has commenced Tap Tennis training, however there are no current reports on her Tap Tennis game and star potential.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Happy Slam spectators can put their own Tap Tennis skills to the test throughout the entire Australian Open tournament. The inaugural Tap Tennis champion will be crowned and win flights, accommodation and tickets to Roland-Garros in Paris for two. To qualify for the Tap Tennis finals on Thursday 26th January, fans can play at one of the two Tap Tennis tables on-site at the Australian Open, either in the fan zone or at the Mastercard VIP HappiNest. Those unable to practice their skills at the event will have until Friday 20th January to earn their place through a series of mini games online at https://taptennis.mastercard.com.au/. As well as taking part in the inaugural Tap Tennis tournament, finalists will also get to take in the action courtside, each winning a double pass to the Australian Open semi-finals.

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