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Meet the Ball Basket Kid – Now Tennis Player Harry Kim

Dia and Harry Kim, with dogs Dr. Nefario and Luther, talked to the Buzz today about the family’s love of tennis.


Earlier this summer, we posted an advertisement for Jerome Peri’s tennis camp at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in Hancock Park. The ad featured a photo, taken several years ago, of an adorable boy sitting in the teaching pro’s tennis ball basket. We thought it might fun to share the backstory of that photo, as well as what that young player is doing these days.

A few years ago, Harry Kim was tossing balls to his older brother Max, who was working on his serve during a lesson with Jerome Peri, LATC’s Head Teaching Pro. At one point, according to Harry and Max’s mom, Dia Kim, Jerome picked Harry up and put him in the basket to toss balls to his brother from the basket.

“Harry was in kindergarten, and Max was in 4th grade at the time,” said Kim. “The boys had so much energy, we started them with tennis lessons at the age of 3!”

Harry is now 11, and we spoke with him and his mom today as he was getting ready for his first day of 6th grade tomorrow at St. Brendan’s School.

“I mostly play tennis now,” said Harry, who has been attending camp for years including this summer. “I like to play offensive tennis and just keep hitting the ball back until I win the point.”


Harry Kim at tennis practice before COVID.


Harry told us he doesn’t think about the pressure of trying to win, he just likes to play. And we’ve been told he has a mean forehand.

“I loved tennis camp, it’s really fun,” said Harry.

Harry’s older brother Max started back to school today,  and plays for the Junior Varsity team at Loyola High School, where he’s hoping to try out for the Varsity team.

“We just wanted our boys to learn to play and really enjoy the game for the rest of their lives,” said Dia, who learned to play the game the as an adult. Her husband Dennis played in high school…and, yes they do play doubles sometimes.  According to Dia, it’s quite hilarious when they all play together.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. Loved reading this update on both Harry & wow jv tennis in high school for Max, that’s great Dia & Dennis I know is pleased about that. Great Mom & baby big son pic too Dia, your long ebony locks longer than ever! Can’t wait until we can sample some new wines, bubbly & beers together at the bar again, when the new variance permits us hopefully after flu shot season arrives. Can’t wait to see all again hopefully very soon!


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