Mayor Novak

SWAN Hill could have a new mayor very soon.

Plans are underway to offer the respected position to the world's best tennis player Novak Djokovic, if he chooses to come to the city he will represent at this year's Australian Open.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee and Swan Hill Lawn Tennis and Croquet club president Peter Morrison will attend the official draw for the first Grand Slam of the year today in Melbourne and plan to ask Djokovic if he would like to be mayor.

If he was to accept, Novak would be taken to see the sights of the rural city and he may even have a hit on the grass courts where the 60th annual Inter-regional Country Championships just wrapped up.

Morrison said Cr McPhee would graciously give up his position if the Serb was to accept the offer.

"The mayor will be giving up his role if Novak accepts, he might even be the mayor for the Australian Open," he said.

"Hopefully he can come up for a day, I think we will take the robes down and put them on for him to wear, hopefully we can promote our town to the world. It is about letting people know we exist.

"If he would come to Swan Hill we would show him the Murray River, the Pioneer Settlement and take him down to the tennis complex and maybe have a hit."

The tennis club have made plenty of t-shirts for those travelling down today with them on a organised bus.

It is the hoped Tennis Australia will recognise how much the town has got behind their pick after winning a national competition thanks to the efforts of the club.

Cr McPhee said he was proud of everyone's efforts to make this invitation a reality.

"Because of the work of the tennis club, we have this chance with the number one player," he said.

"We want to give the opportunity to be mayor for the day, take him around the town and highlight to him everything we have here.

"It will also highlight us on the world stage and will put us on the map, we can only hope and put the offer out there."

While it is still unconfirmed if he will make the trek to Swan Hill, the tennis club have said they will host multiple events in order to give Swan Hill a chance to support their adopted tennis player.

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