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Thirty young tennis players from Paris had the opportunity of a lifetime last week in Paris, as they took part in a tennis clinic with US Open champions Carlos Alcaraz and Dominic Thiem, and the famous coach Toni Nadal.

The clinic was held in conjunction with the release of Babolat's new line of children's tennis racquets, which are specially-designed for players aged 4-12 in partnership with French laboratory LIBM (Laboratoire Inter-universitaire de Biologie et Motricité); 10 world-renowned tennis coaches; and Court 16, an innovative New York-based tennis club that focuses on unique and innovative training for children.

The BFly and Ballfighter lines for boys and girls feature smaller grip sizes, lighter weights, and open stringing patterns to allow for easy power, the company says. In addition, each racquet features learning tools like icons to promote learning the game, and stickers at the top of the yoke to help young players personalize their sticks.

The difference between these racquets and Babolat's other junior racquets, the company says, is that the BFly and Ballfighter are purposefully designed to suit kids; the other models are merely smaller versions of their adult products.

“Babolat is one of the oldest names in tennis, dating from 1875, but we have only stayed relevant by evolving with changing times and technologies," Babolat CEO Eric Babolat said. "Since juniors are the future of tennis, our goal as a brand is to foster a love of the sport among the young generation of players. We have therefore tapped into our tradition of innovation and research to offer young players equipment specifically suited to their needs."

The kids were chosen from various tennis clubs in Paris, as well as Yannick Noah's charity, Fête le Mur1 charity, which the Roland Garros winner founded in 1996 to help under-resourced children through tennis, and Lagardère Paris Racing, the country club in the Bois de Boulogne just north of Paris Grand Slam that hosted the event. In addition to hitting balls with Alcaraz and Thiem, and getting advice from Nadal, the children also learned how to string racquets.

The impact of the fun-filled day was just as great on two of tennis' best players as it was for the next generation.

"Being a role model for the young kids that love playing tennis, I think it's so, so important," Alcaraz said. "I had my role models when I was young; I still have my role models ... and being one of those role models for the kids, for me, it's unbelievable."