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Jordan Sullivan's meeting with court star Greg
11:10pm Tuesday 1st May 2012 in Sport
TENNIS: STANFORD-LE-HOPE’S Jordan Sullivan was put through his paces by former British No.1 tennis player Greg Rusedski as his bid to become a Barclays Ball Kid entered its final stage.
The 14-year-old Hassenbrook Academy 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.
Sullivan demonstrated his talent in front of Rusedski as well as Mark Petchey, the former coach of current British No.1 Andy Murray, who will also be in action at the ATP World Tour Finals.
And former Stanford-le-Hope Primary School student Hancock admitted it would be a dream come true to rub shoulders with the likes of Murray and his international rivals later this year.
“It is quite hard work but it would be really good – one of the best things I have ever done – if I got through. Everyone at school has been saying good luck to me and things like that so it is a really big deal for everyone.
Rusedski, who along with Petchey will select the lucky winners, believes Sullivan will be in for a treat should he reach the O2.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these kids because if you love your tennis then you get to see the eight best players in the world and be on the same court as them,” said Rusedski.
l For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, you can visit www.barclaysballkids.com