KIDS DAY AT BALTIC OPEN 2019


Two hours before the start of the R2 matches the Centre court immersed in the atmosphere of kids tennis festival. Children of different ages took rackets and wanted to show their best in front of the Roland Garros champion of 2017 Jelena Ostapenko and the tennis freestyler Stefan Bojic.

Some of the players are practicing in local tennis academies, others – just visited the tournament during the week and decided to join this fun clinic. The professional coaches from the team of the organizers of the tournament helped during the master class. That is why it started with warm-up, and then everyone had a chance to play several shots with the famous guests.

Jelena Ostapenko admitted she likes to take part in such kind of events as she knows it could give huge inspiration to kids. And she remembers herself at that age she was working as a ball girl at Davis Cup tie and gave balls to Ernests Gulbis, she was afraid to do something wrong.




But it wasn't the end of the clinics. Stefan Bojic, the expert of the tricks with racket and balls, prepared a special challenge for the kids. He showed an exercise and asked everyone to repeat. Someone who fails is out, others – got a new challenge. There were the three most dexterous children who left in the final.

In the end of the tennis lesson there was one more challenge of accuracy. Kids have to shoot into five different marks on the opposite side of the court. Jelena Ostapenko tested the challenge and did it well. It is not difficult to guess that she was the best. After watching such famous and smiley tutor to cope with the exercise well, kids were doing it with extra passion. The four best got the special souvenirs from the Latvian tennis player.

Before leaving the Centre court everyone took a picture with Ostapenko and Bojic and got their autographs. But the main thing everyone got positive emotions and energy for the whole day!