Bristol teenager chosen to be ball boy at prestigious tennis tournament
BRISTOL'S Mark Pratt will soon be rubbing shoulders with the world's best tennis players after being chosen as a ball boy for a prestigious end-of-season tournament.
The 13-year-old is one of a selected 32 from an original entry of 2,500 to be a Barclays Ball Kid at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2.
Pratt passed through both regional and national trials before going through a tough week of training in Southampton in preparation for the event which pits the top eight players in the world against each other.
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Britain's Olympic champion Andy Murray, who also won the US Open in an outstanding 2012, has confirmed his place at the showpiece event, alongside the likes of world number one Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
"It is really fast especially at the net and we have to look all of the time and keep our focus," said Pratt, a keen tennis player himself.
"The first day of training I was all over the place but I think I am ready for it to start now."
For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London visit www.barclaysballkids.com