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27 February 2012

Barclays Ball Kids

Birmingham Kids Excel On Court

We are over half way through an exciting few months of regional trials for Barclays Ball Kids as we search for thrity of the UK's top ball kids for the end of season extravaganza, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in November. Last Saturday saw a fantastic range of talent as nearly 100 kids to the courts at the Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre in Birmingham.

On the day, it was extremely hard to separate the impressive skills on display from all the kids and the coaches had to make some tough decisions as to who to put through to the national selection trial in London on April 28th. Here, the kids will have the opportunity to get one step closer to walking out on court at one of the world's most adrenaline-charged tournaments.

But a decision was made after much deliberation and the five lucky kids that impressed in all areas were Abby Amos (aged 15), Rohan Trainor (16), Becky Muir (15), Harry Hill (15) and Billy Stenger (13).

Harry, from Solihull, was extremely excited about making it through to the next stage in London and was very happy indeed that he had performed well on the day:

“I love tennis, I love watching it on TV – it is my favourite sport and I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the Barclays Ball Kids scheme. I think the coaches are looking for people who are friendly, with good hand eye co-ordination and a general passion for the sport. I enjoyed every minute of it and I gave it my all and I would be over the moon if I was chosen for the final squad. It would be the best experience of my life!”

All the children taking part were enthusiastic, well drilled and passionate and all five finalists showed a real belief that they had what it takes to become a true star. So, with the obvious talents needed to be the best, these kids are now one step away from living the dream. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to step out on court as Barclays Ball Kids and stand alongside the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

They've already proved they've got what it takes, but can they deliver on the day when the pressure's on and when they're under scrutiny from the Barclays Ball Kids Talent ID Team? Only time will tell and in just a few months, the final squad of 30 will be chosen. But one thing is for sure. The kids picked for the final squad will be the envy of everyone.

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