Tennis: 22 children enjoy a walk to remember

Angelica Bolo entering the court with eventual champion Dominika Cibulkova. She was one of 22 kids selected to walk out with the tennis stars at the WTA Finals Singapore under the Kids Walk-On programme.
Angelica Bolo entering the court with eventual champion Dominika Cibulkova. She was one of 22 kids selected to walk out with the tennis stars at the WTA Finals Singapore under the Kids Walk-On programme.PHOTO: OCBC

Hand in hand, they followed each tennis star on to the court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for every singles match at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global this past week.

Those gleeful, tennis-loving kids - 22 of them in total - were chosen as part of the OCBC Kids Walk-On Programme at the season-ending tournament. This is the second time the bank has been involved in this initiative.

Besides the kids getting up close and personal to the tennis stars, their parents were also invited to watch the matches in which their kids were involved in.

So for William and Pamela Wong, who sent their two youngest kids - Maximus, nine, and Abriez, seven - to participate in the programme, it was an enjoyable occasion for the whole family.

Both kids - together with brother Matthias, 11 - took up the sport when they were around four years old, as William wanted a family sport to bond the siblings during weekends.

Said William: "At first they felt a little jittery with the spotlights glaring upon them from the onset. However, after the initial few seconds, they began to feel more at ease.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to experience the backstage preparations and phenomenal feeling to step into the court with the star players. It is a memory to treasure forever."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2016, with the headline '22 children enjoy a walk to remember'. Print Edition | Subscribe