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ANZ launches ‘Your Game Your Way’ tennis campaign starring Novak Djokovic for Aussie Open

World Number 1 tennis player Novak Djockovic is starring in another Australian brand’s marketing campaign around the Australian Open, leading ANZ’s ‘Your Game Your Way’ push.

The Serbian star is one 0f four stories featured by the bank in the campaign which focuses on “creating your own unique path to success whatever your skills or situation”.

Djokovic, one of the favourites for the tournament which starts in Melbourne on January 19, also stars in Jacob’s Creek’s recurring ‘Made By’ campaign for its sponsorship of the tournament, which features a series of videos of him talking about his life.

Djokovic said: “I am very excited about this partnership with ANZ. It has enabled me to help show how tennis can have an impact on people’s lives in many different ways.

“I’ve been playing tennis since I was four years old, but my story is just one of many. This game goes far beyond centre court so it’s an honour to be part of these incredible stories of others playing this great game.”

Joyce Phillips, ANZ Group managing director, marketing and innovation, said: “This new marketing campaign recognises our long-term support of tennis across the Asia Pacific region, and we’re excited to have Novak on board to help us share such inspiring stories in the game of tennis.”

The campaign features Novak Djokovic and three unique stories about people who have created opportunities to succeed through the game of tennis. It will run across TV, digital, outdoor, print and radio including three television commercials:

• Michael Chang – the youngest player to win a main-draw match at the US Open in 1987 and the youngest to reach an ATP Tour semi-final. He was also the youngest ever French Open champion in 1989 aged 17, and then became the youngest to be ranked in the top five.

“I had my fair share of critics, people saying it’s ridiculous for you to turn professional,” he said. “Not being tall enough, not being strong enough. Even not very many Asians play tennis. When you have a passion for something you don’t let those comments get in the way.”

• Anna – at just eight years old has a clear talent for tennis, but living on a farm outside Gunnedah in north eastern New South Wales means she has to travel further than most for tennis practice. She travels around 250km a week just to attend tennis classes.

Her father Jamie said: “She’s not frightened to have a go at something she’s never done before. Anna looks for opportunities and when those opportunities come she certainly grabs them with both hands.”

• Duck Hee – a 16-year old tennis player from South Korea who is quickly gaining attention as he climbs the international tennis rankings. He earned his first ATP ranking point in 2013 aged 15 and by early 2014 was ranked 6th in the International Tennis Federation’s junior boys category. Lee is also hearing impaired.

“Being deaf is challenging and troublesome, but I try not to worry about it and concentrate on training,” Lee said. “When I first played tennis I thought it was too hard and I didn’t want to play. I now feel like I can play better because I can concentrate more than other players.”

View the campaign website here.

Credits:

• Agency: Octagon

• Strategy and Creative Lead: Adam Hodge

• Talent Management Lead: Ben Hartman

• Account Service Lead: Fleur Massey

• Production: Milk Money

• Director: Ethan McLean

• Media: pHD

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