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India to send biggest Ball Kids' contingent for Australian Open 2019

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Ten kids from different parts of the country, including four girls, have been selected to represent as the Ball Kids for the 2019, it was announced on Tuesday.

India's and multiple winner had played a key role in shortlisting 100 boys and girls across the country, before taking up the mantle of mentoring them.

He is going to train them now to carry out the duties of Ball Kids while enjoying a event among the world's top players.

Motors, the world's eighth largest automaker, is a long-standing partner of the year's first tournament. It also drives the Ball Kids International Program, reserving the maximum number of seats for Indian kids.

The initiative, brought to for the first time, witnessed staggering participation, with over 2,000 young enthusiasts from across the country taking part.

The kids are: Jennika Jaison (St Joseph School, Mumbai), (Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh), M Varshith Kumar Reddy (St. John's High School, Hyderabad), Naman Mehta (LA Martiniere Boys, Lucknow), Ankit Pillania (ST. Thomas School, Haryana).

The five from are Akshit Choudhary (GD Goenka Public School, Model town), Sonam Dewan (Mirambika Pre-progress School), Ribhav Ojha (DPS, Vasant Kunj), (Public School, Rohini) and Ananya Singh (Pragati Public School, Dwarka).

The company opened up entries for the program in October, with the aim of celebrating its long-term commitment to the game while also providing a global platform to young tennis enthusiasts.

The first set of trials were conducted across four metros -- Bengaluru, Delhi, and They were put through five rounds of tests, including Rolling the Ball, Speed and Agility test, Spider Drill, Throwing the Ball and Communication skills.

"I am thrilled to be part of this exciting initiative and am sure that this program will foster tennis amongst the young talent of It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids and will definitely motivate them to enhance their skills and make India proud in the years to come," said at the event.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 17:44 IST