Adam’s on the ball

Rainford teenager Adam Ashton with Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchy
Rainford teenager Adam Ashton with Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchy
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TEENAGER Adam Ashton will be rubbing shoulders with tennis greats Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic after he was chosen to be a ball boy at a major tournament.

The 13-year-old secured the coveted role after he was picked by former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker at the Barclays Ball Kids National Trial .

Adam, a pupil at Rainford High, was tested on agility, endurance, ball skills, balance, speed and team work in the capital and impressed Becker and Murray’s former coach Mark Petchey.

The youngster, a member of Rainford Tennis Club, will share a court Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in November. “The trial was really good but really hard work but well worth it to get through in the end,” he said. “I just love the ATP tournament because it’s the top eight players in the world and the standard of the tennis is so high. It is amazing to think that I will be one of the 30 ball kids to be there, I can’t put the feeling into words.

“I think I’d be a great ball kid as I’m really fast and small so I’d be great at the net. I was devastated to not get through last year but this has all made up for it.”

l For more information about the Barclays Ball Kids programme, go to barclaysballkids.com or visit the Barclays Ball Kids Facebook page