HUDDERSFIELD’S Elliott Walker was put through his paces by former British No1 tennis player Greg Rusedski as his bid to become a Barclays Ball Kid entered its final stage.
The 15-year-old Salendine Nook High School pupil was one of 100 youngsters to be given expert tuition from Rusedski at the Barclays Ball Kids National Trial at Westway Sports Centre in London.
Up for grabs is the prize of starring alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the O2 as one of 30 ball kids for the ATP World Tour Finals in November.
Walker demonstrated his talent in front of Rusedski as well as Mark Petchey, the former coach of current British No1 Andy Murray, who will also be in action at the ATP World Tour finals.
Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club’s Walker admitted it would be a dream come true to rub shoulders with the likes of Murray and his international rivals later this year.
“The National Trial was really good, a bit tiring but a lot of fun,” said Walker, who has beaten off competition from thousands of 12 to 16-year-olds to make it this far.
“This is my second year at the National Trials and I think it is a bit easier the second time around because you know what is expected of you.
“Rafael Nadal is my favourite player because he gives a great example of himself, so to share a court with him would be a dream come true.
“it is my birthday on the day of the final at the ATP World Tour Finals too, and I couldn’t think of a better birthday present than that.”
For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, you can visit ww.barclaysballkids.com