‘Truth’ behind mystery VIP tennis guest

‘Truth’ behind mystery VIP tennis guest

A young finance graduate who snagged a VIP seat at the Australian Open men’s final is the son of one of the country’s most powerful music promoters.

The baby-faced tennis fan sent the rumour mill into overdrive after being spotted wedged between Eric Bana’s wife Rebecca and Hugh Jackman’s actor ex Deborra-Lee Furness.

Some thought he was in fact British internet sensation and musician Wilbur Soot.

Others wondered if he was Eric and Rebecca Bana’s rarely spotted son Klaus, an emerging filmmaker.

Sources told news.com.au that the young man was actually Josh Dainty, the son of a good friend of Furness.

But Dainty, who according to his LinkedIn profile is a finance graduate from the University of Melbourne, is more than just a young aspiring businessman.

His father Paul is one of Australia’s leading concert promoters who has presented tours for everyone from The Rolling Stones, Eminem, Paul McCartney, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears and Neil Diamond.

The family appear to have particularly strong ties to Jackman and Furness.

Dainty senior was the promoter behind many of Jackman’s stage shows including Broadway To Oz tour and his The Man. The Music. The Show.

In fact their friendship goes back more than three decades.

The pair met at the VIP bar at Perth Entertainment Centre where Jackman worked while an aspiring actor at WAAPA.

Jackman says while he was serving drinks Dainty senior was the only celebrity who remembered his name.

Last year Dainty’s wife Donna found herself in the headlines when she was pictured leaving a New York dinner party with Jackman soon after his split with Furness.

Paul’s other son Sam is also aspiring to work in the entertainment industry and worked as a production assistant on Jackman film The Greatest Showman.

Despite his pedigree the men’s final still must have been quite the night for young Josh with the VIP section swarming with pollies, business leaders, supermodels and Hollywood actors.

In front of him was Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon, Tennis Australia Chair Jayne Hrdlicka and legend of the game Rod Laver.

Oscar-nominated actress Ana de Armas, best known for her portrayal of the Bond girl Paloma, was also nearby.

Supermodel Elle Macpherson and her musician partner Doyle Bramhall, along with Aussie actor Joel Edgerton were not far from the group.

Models Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee could also be spotted, as well as swimming legend Ian Thorpe who was with recently retired Mack Horton.

Crowding out the VIP section was singer Tina Arena, radio star Jackie O Henderson, boxing great Jeff Fenech, socialite Francesca Packer, footy legend Leigh Matthews, actor Rachel Griffiths and TV personality Julia Morris.

Hospitality mogul Chris Lucas and his newly-minted socialite wife Sarah Lew also were there as well as businessmen John Gandel, former Telstra CEO Andy Penn and Eddie McGuire.

The stars all watched Italian young gun Jannik Sinner come back from two sets down against Russian Daniil Medvedev to get his first ever Grand Slam win.


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