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Do you have what it takes to be a tennis ballkid?

10 March, 2014   Nicole Chan

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and Singapore Tennis Association (STA) are calling all youths, between the ages of 13 and 16, to join the Singapore Ballkids Programme 2014. (Photo by Andrew Tan)


Do you have a burning passion for tennis? The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and Singapore Tennis Association (STA) are calling all youths, between the ages of 13 and 16, to join the Singapore Ballkids Programme 2014. This programme offers selected youths a coveted opportunity to stand on the same stage as top international players at world-class events; with the first being the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championships in October this year.


Youths who dedicate their time to this programme will be put through various rounds of selection and training over six months, starting with an Open Recruitment Drive on 15 and 16 March 2014. Participants will not only be trained in the various roles of a ballkid, they will also learn skills such as discipline, teamwork and endurance, and develop mental strength to handle high pressure environments. 

Participants will learn skills such as discipline, teamwork and endurance, and develop mental strength to handle high pressure environments. (Photo by Andrew Tan)


The programme aims to enhance tennis capability development in Singapore and fuel the passion for tennis among the younger generation. The SSC and STA are also in discussion with Tennis Australia, organiser of the Australian Open Grand Slam, to enhance the Singapore Ballkids Programme and training plans, as well as to explore collaborations in the areas of line officials exchange programmes and sport development.

Through this programme, the ballkids will be well prepared for several tennis events, both local and international, in the future. SSC and STA hopes that this will pave the way for these tennis enthusiasts to pursue tennis and to further develop the sport. 


Through the Singapore Ballkids Programme 2014, the ballkids will be well prepared for various tennis events, both local and international, in the future. (Photo by Andrew Tan)


Applications for this programme began on 3 March 2014, in celebration of World Tennis Day. Into its second year, World Tennis Day aims to promote the sport globally and encourage players of all levels of experience to enjoy tennis in as many ways as possible. 


Registration ends on 13 March 2014 and interested youths can download the application form from the STA website

Registered participants can head down to the Open Recruitment Drive on 15 and 16 March 2014 at the Kallang Tennis Centre from 9am-12pm.


Some qualities of a good ballkid

- Agility

- Disciplined

- Good understanding of the game of tennis

- Trustworthy and willing to work hard

- Good hand-eye coordination and reaction time