Weymouth hopes to share court with Andy Murray

PUBLISHED: 17:39 29 October 2012

Hatfield schoolgirl Katty Weymouth with Mark Petchey.  Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Hatfield schoolgirl Katty Weymouth with Mark Petchey. Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

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BROOKMANS Park schoolgirl Katty Weymouth admits her chance to share a court with US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals cannot come quick enough.

After winning a nationwide competition from 2,500 children across the country the 14-year-old will be one of 30 Barclays Ball Kids at the O2 Arena in London from November 5-12.

Weymouth spent her half-term at The Hampshire Rackets & Health Club being put through her paces ready for her week in the spotlight in the capital.

And while the Queenswood School pupil is expecting a tough week’s work at the O2 Weymouth can’t wait to get acquainted with Murray and the rest of the world’s top players.

“The training was pretty tiring,” said Weymouth, a talented tennis player in her own right who was played in both national and international tournaments.

“It is quite hard work, you have to be alert the whole time to know when the change of ends is coming, when you need new balls and you are always running around.

“But it has been so fun as well, everyone in the squad is very nice and we have all enjoyed ourselves.

“I cannot wait for the actual tournament to start, it’s amazing to think that we will be out on court with the best players in the world.

“I’d never been to the O2 before this so it should be pretty amazing, a couple of my friends were ballkids at this tournament last year and they recommended it to me.”

Over 20,000 spectators a day will see Weymouth in action at the eight-day season finale, which sees the cream of world tennis go head-to-head for total prize money of nearly three million pounds.

And while itching to get started, the Richmond tennis youngster believes there’ll be more than a few nerves when she steps out onto court for the first time later this month.

“Of course I will be nervous the first time but after that hopefully I will get used to it,” she added.

“My family are coming down to watch because we got tickets so that will be great and to be on court with legends like Roger Federer and Andy Murray will just be so special.”

n For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London visit www.barclaysballkids.com

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