Korean car maker Kia Motors announced the biggest-ever squad of ballkids to
represent India at the Australian Open in January 2019. More than 1800 young
tennis enthusiasts from across India attended open try-outs for the opportunity
to represent their country in the elite Australian Open ballkid squad, with
Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi working as a mentor for the programme.
from Tennis Australia selected the top 10 based on criteria including elite
ball-handling and agility skills, excellent concentration, the willingness to
work as part of a team, and a positive attitude.
programme witnessed a staggering participation of more than 1800 young tennis
enthusiasts from across the country, out of which the Australian Open officials
selected the biggest ever ballkids squad of 10 for the Australian Open 2019. The
official Kia Indian ballkid squad consists of Sarthak Gandhi, M Varshith Kuar
Reddy, Naman Mehta, Ankit Pillania, Akshit Choudhary, Sonam Dewan, Ribhav Ojha,
Swati Malhotra, Jennika Jaison and Ananya Singh hailing from different parts of
India which is a testament to the immense passion in youth all over the
the try-outs more than 100 kids were shortlisted through various tests which
consisted of five different rounds testing the kids on their athletic and
communication skills. “I am very happy to see the overwhelming response from
young tennis enthusiasts for the
Australian Open Ballkids International Programme presented by Kia. This
program will definitely boost the interest of kids towards tennis and would
give them an opportunity to experience the sport in its truest form. It gives
me immense pleasure to bring this program to India,” said Kookhyun Shim,
Managing Director & CEO of Kia Motors India.
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