Bachelor Art Green and Warriors star Shaun Johnson in charity tennis match

Art Green said he and Matilda Rice hadn't had time to practice.
Phil Walter

Art Green said he and Matilda Rice hadn't had time to practice.

The BachelorĀ Art Green might need to give Shaun Johnson tennis lessons.

Green and girlfriend Matilda Rice took to the court on Thursday night against the Warriors starĀ and Silver Fern Kayla Cullen in a charity doubles match at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Named the "Rally for Ronald McDonald House", the match was a fundraiser for the tournament's charity partner.

Shaun Johnson and Kayla Cullen on Quarter Finals Day.
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Shaun Johnson and Kayla Cullen on Quarter Finals Day.

Ronald McDonald House primarily provides accommodation for the families of children who are undergoing medical treatment in another city or are hospitalised.

The smart money might have been on the professional sportspeople to win the tennis match, but if you'd backed Johnson and Cullen, you would have lost.

Green and Rice took out the game after winning the "sudden death" final point.

Shaun Johnson said win or lose, all that mattered was charity.
Phil Walter

Shaun Johnson said win or lose, all that mattered was charity.

Green showed particular form when he opened the match with a screamer of a serve that aced the opposition. It was clear he'd played a considerable amount of tennis.

But the Clean Paleo business owner, who beat former All Black Zac Guildford in a charity boxing match in 2015, said he hadn't been practising.

"We were away so we couldn't [practice]," he said.

Green and Rice took out the game after winning the "sudden death" final point.
Phil Walter

Green and Rice took out the game after winning the "sudden death" final point.

"I've played a bit before. I've been trying to coach Matty [Rice] a little bit."

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"It's not working," Rice quipped.

Johnson said he and Cullen had got out to train "a few times" - "My forehands were rolling over a lot better in practice."

"I've played a bit before. I've been trying to coach Matty [Rice] a little bit," Green said.
Phil Walter

"I've played a bit before. I've been trying to coach Matty [Rice] a little bit," Green said.

"Your backhand needs a bit of work," Cullen teased. "Shall we do group coaching lessons, Art?"

The match couldn't be called great tennis, with more balls hitting the net and flying away than landed on the court. But, Johnson said he wasn't there to show off his skills with the racquet - they were all there for the charity.

 - Stuff

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