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2 February 2012

Barclays Ball Kids

One step away from living the dream

We are just at the beginning of an exciting few months of regional trials for Barclays Ball Kids as we search for 30 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 Sunday saw an exemplary array of talent as over 100 kids to the courts at the David Lloyd Club in Woking.

On the day, it was extremely hard to separate the supreme skills on display from all the kids. The coaches had to make some tough decisions on the day as to who to put through to the national selection trial in London on April 28th and undoubtedly there will be some disappointed faces who didn’t make it through this year. But, at the final trial the kids will have the opportunity to meet some true legends of the game and get one step closer to walking out on court at the world's most exhilarating tournament; the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

So, a decision was made after much deliberation and the ten lucky kids that impressed in all areas were Amelia Campbell (age 13, from Hemel Hempstead), Matthew Tung (age 14, Guildford), Alex Chan (age 13, Hillingdon), Maxim Wallace (age 14, Reading), Paula Mazur (age 14, West Ewell), Madeleine Jackson (age 14, Surbiton), Tara Stuff (age 13, London), Harry Vincent (age 11, Hampton), Suzannah Stevens (age 14, Fetcham) and Sam Judd (age 13, East Horsley).

They were enthusiastic, well drilled and passionate and all 10 finalists showed a tenacity to succeed over and above everyone else. So, with the obvious talents needed to be the best, these kids are now one step away from living the dream. A once in a lifetime opportunity to be Barclays Ball Kids for 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 once more from an eagle eyed coaching team. Only time will tell and in just three months the final squad of 30 will be chosen and these kids will be the talk of the town.

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