The Australian Open 2019 is upon us. It commences from January 14 wherein Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will begin their campaign as the top-seeded players from their respective categories. Ahead of the first grand slam of the year, a latest update has sprung up. An Indian origin boy will get the opportunity to spin the coin in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament, which happens to be on January 21.
Angad Prathap, an 11-year-old whose family hails from here but who was born, brought up and settled in Melbourne, is cutting short his annual holidays and is returning to Melbourne.
Angad's father Prathapan Nair said, "It was two days back that I got the information that our son has been selected to toss the coin in the 4th round of the Australian Open. We were scheduled to return on the 27th, but now that this good fortune has come to Angad, he and I are returning early to be on time for the toss. My wife and our elder son will watch it on TV here as they are returning only as per schedule on the 27th," said Nair.
Nair also claimed that Angad is among the top tennis players in the age group of 10 years. In addition, he has won many tournaments in Victoria state. He was recently selected in the top 10 promising players under the age of 10 in Victoria state.
"The toss ahead of every match is done by the best players who are age 10 and below and are selected on the overall performance at the annual tennis season in Australia that ends every September. Angad turned 11 after the season ended and he was lucky to have been selected," concluded Nair.
There are big expectations from mega star players in the Australian Open. The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Serena Williams (who can level with Magarat Court), Halep and many others will be keenly watched.Will one of the experienced campaigners walk away with the title, or it will be a new star having the last laugh?
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega