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10 Indian ball kids for Australian Open

Off to Australia: The ball kids along with Kia officials.

Off to Australia: The ball kids along with Kia officials.  

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Ten young Indian tennis players, selected to officiate as ball kids at the Australian Open, were all set to fly to Melbourne on Wednesday as part of the initiative by the official sponsor Kia Motors.

The 10 kids in the 13 to 15 age group, from Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Gurugram, will be in Australia for 17 days.

Hundreds of tennis enthusiasts from across the country attended the trials. Experts from Australian Open assessed the kids on their agility and communication skills. The trials were conducted in ten cities.

The ball kids from the country who had officiated in the last edition of the Australian Open served as mentors for the current crop of selected ball kids, who were put through rigorous training by the Australian Open officials.

“It is great to see so many enthusiasts believing in their passion for the sport. We at Kia are privileged to provide them with this opportunity to live their dreams,” said Kia Motors vice-president Manohar Bhat at a function for announcing the selected kids.

The selected ball kids: B.M.V. Aditya, Atharva Hitendra, Atrijo Sengupta, Divyanshu Pandey, Harshit Pandita, Rijul Bhatia, Sanskruti Vadakattu, Sargam Singla, Sharvin Kaustubh and Yashvardhan Gaur.

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