Kia Motors India, wholly-owned subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation and world’s 8th largest automaker today announced the winners of season two of its Australian Open Ballkids India Programme.  The selected 10 kids between 12 – 15 years of age underwent an extensive training process and will represent India among other ballkids from across the world at the iconic grand slam in January 2020.

Winners of Australian Open Ballkids India Programme:

Sr. No.Name of KidAgeCity
1Aditya BMV14Hyderabad
2Atharva Hitendra14Ahmedabad
3Atrijo Sengupta15Kolkata
4Divyanshu Pandey15Gurugram
5Harshit Pandita14Gurugram
6Rijul Bhatia13Panchkula
7Sanskruti Vadakattu14Hyderabad
8Sargam Singla15Chandigarh
9Sharvin Kaustubh14Mumbai
10Yashvardhan Gaur15Chandigarh

After a successful first edition of the Ballkids Program in 2019, this year more than 250 young tennis enthusiasts from across India attended trials where they showcased their tennis expertise, agility and communication skills. The trials for the second season of the Australian Open Ballkids India Program took place in 10 cities to present this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tennis enthusiasts. The official squad of the Programme comes from different parts of India, which is a testament to the immense passion in youth all over the country. The final squad of 10 kids was selected by the Australian Open officials who put the kids through a series of gruelling tests like the Rolling Technique and Servicing Technique among others that tested their athleticism and their on-court communication skills.

“I wish all the best to the kids who have been selected as the official Ballkids for the Australian Open 2020. There is nothing greater than pursuing your passion and being able to live it. Kia Motors has always gone beyond its core business and connected with consumers by promoting and encouraging them to explore their passions. It’s great to see so many enthusiasts believing in their passion for the sport and we at Kia are privileged to have been able to provide them with this opportunity to live their dreams. We are overwhelmed with the response for the second edition of the Australian Open Ballkids India program and will continue to support sports and the undying spirit of sportsmanship in India through such initiatives”, said Mr. Manohar Bhat, Vice President and Head – Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India.

Kia has been a global custodian of sports partnering various global sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and Australian Open. Through the partnership with AO for the Australian Open Ballkids International Program, FIFA for OMBC (Official Match Ball Carrier) program and Bengaluru Football Club for Indian Super League, Kia has encouraged millions of sports enthusiasts in India and created a unique fan base.

About Kia Motors India (KMI)

In April 2017, Kia Motors signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantapur District. Construction of Kia Motors’ first manufacturing facility in India has been completed and commenced the mass production in August 2019. The manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units. Kia Motors has made a mark in India with its first product – the Seltos establishing itself as a trusted brand with record bookings of 6,046 on the first day of bookings. Kia Motors India has the widespread network of 265 customer touchpoints, in 160 cities across Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in India.

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