Ball boy gets top tennis tips from sporting superstar, Pat
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010
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A PROMISING tennis player enjoyed a tennis master-class with a Wimbledon champion as part of a ball boy competition. Allon Eveleigh, 14, a pupil at the Hayes School in Hayes, met tennis superstar Pat Cash last Saturday as he was among 119 youngsters at
A PROMISING tennis player enjoyed a tennis master-class with a Wimbledon champion as part of a ball boy competition.
Allon Eveleigh, 14, a pupil at the Hayes School in Hayes, met tennis superstar Pat Cash last Saturday as he was among 119 youngsters at the Barclays Ball Kids National Trials at Westway Sports Centre in west London.
Allon was tested on his agility, endurance, coordination, ball skills, balance, speed and team work as Cash and Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey ran the rule over his sporting prowess.
The wannabe ball boy, who plays tennis at Bromley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, admitted it would be a dream come true to share the court with the likes of Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the O2 in Greenwich, in November.
Mr Eveleigh said: "I've really enjoyed the day and I wasn't expecting there to be big stars here so it's been great watching Pat Cash and Mansour Bahrami doing their tricks.
"The training was hard but I had fun as well and it was interesting to see how much technique there is in being a ball boy.
"Roger Federer is the player I most want to be a ball boy for because he's just so calm and collected when he's on the court."
Pat Cash, who will have a hand in selecting the winning ball kids believes Allon did everything he could to be part of the lucky 30 on November 21.
He said: "It was a fantastic day and Allon was very impressive.
"All the kids showed a great attitude and it will undoubtedly be a difficult decision to choose the winners. But it is a fantastic opportunity for the winners to go down to the O2 and get to experience what will be a great week for them all."
n For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London visit www.barclays