9 May 2024 | Tennis Victoria

More than two thousand kids aged 12 to 15 will participate in extensive trials over the coming weeks, aiming for selection as an official Australian Open ballkid for 2025.

While the world watches the best players in action at the AO, the other on-court heroes are the amazing AO ballkids who display their skills in front to thousands of fans in the stands, and millions watching the broadcast around the world.

As well as providing exceptional service to the players, and keeping the action moving, ballkids often end up in the spotlight when a classic catch, insect invasion, or accidental injury goes viral.

Level one trials will be held at 20 tennis clubs across Victoria during May and June, followed by level two trials for returning and successful level one ballkids on 13-14 July.

The final AO 2025 squad of around 400 ballkids will complete four on-court training sessions and an official induction and orientation day, where they will learn about the tournament and the important role they play. Training includes drills to develop ball handling skills, rolling with precision, and anticipating players’ needs. The final step is perfecting the march on and off court.

On-court skills are mastered at the Australian Wheelchair Tennis Nationals in November.

Many Australian Open ballkids have gone on to become sporting stars in their own right, including St Kilda Football Club’s Jack Billings, Carlton’s Darcy Vescio and more recently, North Melbourne’s Blake Drury.

Level one trial information 

Location Date and time Address
Eley Park Tennis Club Saturday 4 May at 4:30pm and 6:30pm 87 Eley Road, Blackburn Victoria 3130
Sacred Heart/St Andrews Tennis Club Wednesday 5 May at 11am-12:30pm 462 Eleventh Street, Mildura Victoria 3500
Tally Ho Tennis Club Sunday 5 May at 2pm and Friday 24 May at 7pm Tally Ho Reserve, Bennett Avenue, Mount Waverley Victoria 3149
Gladeswood Reserve Tennis Club Friday 10 May at 7:30-9:30pm Grantham Terrace and Maygrove Way, Mulgrave Victoria 3177
East Camberwell Tennis Club Sunday 12 May at 1-2:30pm 1 Spencer Road, Camberwell Victoria 3124
Haven Tennis Club Sunday 12 May at 11am-12:30pm 4380 Henty Highway, Haven Victoria 3401
Knox City Tennis Club Sunday 12 May at 10am Coleman Road and Neville Street, Wantirna South Victoria 3152
Bendigo Regional Tennis Centre Wednesday 15 May at 6-7:30pm 21 Nolan Street, Bendigo Victoria 3550
Noble Community Tennis Club Thursday 16 May at 6:30-8:30pm 46 – 56 Moodemere Street, Noble Park Victoria 3174
Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre Saturday 18 May at 11am – 12:30pm 497 Dowling Street, Ballarat Victoria 3355
Altona Tennis Club Sunday 19 May at 1:30-3:30pm Fresno Street and Bluegum Drive, Altona Victoria 3018
Highton Tennis Club Sunday 19 May at 11am-12:30pm Barrabool Road and South Valley Road, Highton Victoria 3216
Kilmore Tennis Club Sunday 19 May at 9-11am 1 Clarke Street, Kilmore Victoria 3764
Traralgon Tennis Association Saturday 25 May at 11am 61 Franklin Street, Traralgon Victoria 3844
Bundoora Tennis Club Sunday 26 May at 12:30pm 145a Greenwood Drive, Bundoora Victoria 3083
Sale Tennis Club Sunday 26 May at 10am Stephenson Park, 51 Guthridge Parage, Sale Victoria 3850
Wodonga Tennis Centre Wednesday 29 May at 6pm Dalgleish St, Wodonga, VIC, 3690
Rochester Lawn Tennis Club Sunday 2 June at 11am-12:30pm 1 Diggora Road, Rochester Victoria 3561
Upwey South Tennis Club Sunday 2 June at 10am 9 Eloera Street, Upwey Victoria 3158