Four Kyabram ballkids — Sam McConnell, Aiden Briggs, Jess Donaldson and Winton Findlay — will have the best seats in the house when the Open hits off next Monday.January 8, 2014 4:13am
Ready to hit the courts at the Australian Open next week are Kyabram ballkids Sam McConnell, Aiden Briggs, Jess Donaldson and Winton Findlay.
Four Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club juniors will take their places on court at the Australian Open next week as official ball kids.
‘Old hands’ Winton Findlay and Sam McConnell have been giving tips to ‘newbies’ Aiden Briggs and Jessica Donaldson, who will join them on court for the first Grand Slam of the year.
‘‘Be quick when you go to get something to eat,’’ was Sam’s advice.
‘‘Just enjoy the experience. The Australian Open is as good as it gets,’’ Winton said.
Chosen from more than 2500 applicants from across Australia and the Asia Pacific, the youngsters will join more than 380 ball kids from January 13 after months of training.
When asked which tennis star they most wanted to be a ball kid for, the ‘senior’ pair were unanimous in choosing Roger Federer, while Jess said Novak Djokovic and Aiden’s choice was Bernard Tomic.
‘‘It’s just going to be so amazing being close to the top players,’’ Jess said.
‘‘I’m pretty excited and a little bit nervous because I don’t want to embarrass myself out there,’’ Aiden said.
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