Over 700 other hopefuls competed in regional and national trials to earn a spot at the event, where they will stand on court with the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

“Barclays Ball Kids is about giving young people with a passion for tennis a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and have an opportunity of a lifetime to appear on court with their heroes,” said David Wheldon, Barclays’ Managing Director of Brand, Reputation, Citizenship and Marketing.

“Each and every one of the final Barclays Ball Kids squad for 2014 really lives what we would call the true spirit of the game.”

The youngsters perfected their skills on an intensive five-day training camp last month, where under the watchful eye of head coach Mark Magrath they developed their agility, endurance, co-ordination, balance, speed, ball skills, teamwork and leadership.

The Barclays Fan Zone in the O2, open to non-ticketed members of the public, will feature a Ball Kids skills challenge where fans can see if they have what it takes to do their job. Younger fans who think they have the knack can register their interest for next year’s event.


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