PA/12/18 28th September 2018
Australian Open launches in India
Twenty-two time Grand Slam Champion Todd Woodbridge joined Asian Tennis Federation President & All India Tennis Association Life President Anil Kumar Khanna to officially launch the Australian Open in India for the first time.
The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to India Rod Hilton also joined the launch event at the R. K Khanna Tennis Complex in New Delhi. The event was held as part of Australia Fest, a six-month celebration of Australian culture taking place in 20 cities across India.
The Governor of Victoria said, “The Australian Open is a highlight of Victoria’s major events calendar each January. To be here today to support the Australian Open 2019 Ballkids International Program, introduced in India as part of Australia Fest celebrations, is particularly exciting for us.”
Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner Mr Rod Hilton said, “Australia is well-placed to support India as it seeks to transform its sport ecosystem from the grassroots up to the elite level. The launch of Australian Open and introduction of its international ballkid program in India is a great opportunity to advance the Australia-India sports partnership.”
As part of the launch, they also introduced the International Ballkids Program where ten kids will be selected to represent India at the Australian Open 2019. The event was also attended by 20 local boys and girls who will aim to join the try-outs to be part of the Australian Open 2019 ballkid program as part of an initiative by Kia Motors to expand their international ballkid program with the support of the Victorian and Federal Governments.