Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Teen Selected as Ball Boy for 2019 Australian Open

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Teen Selected as Ball Boy for 2019 Australian Open

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Byline: Rebecca Singh rebecca.singh@gympietimes.com

Tennis: Many young players strive to be like their heroes but not one Gympie teenager - he wanted to be a ball boy.

Dustin Mostofizadeh, 14, was one of the 312 selected out of 5000 applicants from across the country who will be ball boys at the Australian Open in January, 2019.

Out of those 312, 300 were from Victoria and 12 from other parts of the nation.

There were two trials in the selection process for Mostofizadeh's dream to come true.

"First we had to travel down to Sydney on March 10 and the second was in Melbourne on May 6," he said.

"The training was difficult because the selectors are looking for precision. I was so happy when I found out I was had made it through."

This is Mostofizadeh's first time as ball boy and his goal is to hopefully be one of the few chosen for the men's final. …

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