Alex is one step closer to meeting top tennis players

Alex Spencer, Brighouse, one step closer to being a ball boy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals held at The O2, London in November.
Alex Spencer, Brighouse, one step closer to being a ball boy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals held at The O2, London in November.

A Brighouse youngster has taken a step closer to rubbing shoulders with the world’s top tennis players.

Alex Spencer attended the Barclays Ball Kids regional trial in Nottingham and has made it through to the final stage of the selection process to become a ball boy for this year’s ATP World Tour Finals at the The 02 Arena.

The Brooksbank pupil was thrilled to make it through and spoke of his experience.

“I’d love to be a Barclays Ball Kid because I love tennis and I just want the chance to see the players in the world up close. I can’t quite remember how I heard about the trial but I think my friend was coming and told me to come along so I signed up online.

“The coaches asked us to show our ball skills, balance and speed. It was great fun all round. I think the coaches are looking for people with good hand skills, good hand eye coordination and speed on the court.

“If I were to be picked for the final squad of thirty after next month’s final trial in London then I’d be thrilled.”

If selected, the 14-year-old will be up close to some of the best players in the world including Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

Head trainer of the Barclays Ball Kids Talent ID team, Mark Magrath has also been involved with the selection and training of the Wimbledon Championships Ball Boys and Girls and was full of praise for the kids hoping to make it through to the national trial and ultimately the Barclays Ball Kids final squad of thirty:

Now in its fourth year, the national search is part of Barclays ongoing sponsorship of the event and aims to find 30 children aged between 12 and 16 to join the world’s top eight tennis players and star as Barclays Ball Kids at the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.