This year saw over 1000 young hopefuls compete in regional and national trials for the chance to appear on court with the world’s top eight players.
More than 100 people registered an interest for next year’s competition at this year’s Fan Zone area in the O2 Arena, and anyone has the chance to attend a regional trial. Successful entrants will then go through to a national trial where 100 ball kids will be whittled down to the final 30 who appear on the famous blue courts.
15-year-old ball kid Olive Coles said: “It is so surreal being on court with players you have looked up to your whole life, the experience is unbelievable and a great opportunity. I would recommend everyone go to their nearest trial next year.”
The 2014 crop were chosen because they represented the true spirit of the game and excelled in teamwork, focus, dedication and attitude. The ball kid programme gives young people a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and appear on court with their tennis heroes.
If you are aged 12 to 16 and would love the opportunity to be a Barclays ball kid for the 2015 World Tour Finals, please visit www.barclaysballkids.com/register-your-interest/ to find out more.