Becker serves up call to tennis youngsters

Andy Murray with some of last year's Barclays Ball Kids finalists.
Andy Murray with some of last year's Barclays Ball Kids finalists.

THREE-TIME Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has called on school children in Northumberland to become a Barclays Ball Kid and join Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals.

For the third year, 30 12 to 16-year-olds will get the opportunity to become ball boys and girls at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

The journey starts this Sunday with the North East regional trial at the Northumberland Club, in Jesmond, Newcastle, where youngsters will be tested on their agility, endurance, co-ordination, ball skills, speed and teamwork.

A percentage of attendees will be selected for the national trial, where the best will step on to the court alongside the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament.

And Barclays Ball Kids ambassador Becker, who will join the youngsters at the O2 Arena in London in November, believes it is an opportunity to be grasped with both hands.

“This is a scheme that I feel very strongly about and it is a brilliant way for kids to get up close and personal with the top players of today,” said six-time Grand Slam singles champion Becker.

“So the more kids the better and I would urge everyone in Northumberland to get involved and sign up because it really is a great opportunity and a once-in-a-lifetime thing really.

“It is a big kick when the kids get to see Roger Federer just a few feet away from them serving for the match. These kids will be the closest thing to Federer during his game and it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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