Budleigh teenager shares tennis court with the world stars

PUBLISHED: 12:04 13 November 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Barclays Ball Kids during the men's single matches on day one of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Barclays Ball Kids during the men's single matches on day one of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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BUDLEIGH SALTERTON’S Nicole Thackray enjoyed a week to remember as she shared the spotlight with US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Having won a nationwide competition the Colyton Grammar School pupil shared the court at the O2 Arena with the cream of world tennis, including Roger Federer, eventual winner and world number one Novak Djokovic and Murray.

And after her week in the limelight 16-year-old Thackray – who saw off 2500 other children to get her 15 minutes of fame – admitted it had been an experience to savour.

“The week was absolutely amazing,” said Thackray – who appeared in front of 20,000 spectators a day at the London event.

“It was so much better than I thought it was, even though I was really looking forward to it, and I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be.

“The atmosphere on court is amazing and when you run on they call out all of the ball kids and everyone cheers for you, it was amazing.

“The players were all really nice, although one time Djokovic fell over and I forgot to pick up his racquet even though I wanted to.

“It was also great to see tennis played properly that close, it was great.”

And 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who shared the court with the ball kids during the competition at the O2, was quick to praise the former George Washington Primary School pupil.

“The Barclays Ball Kids all did great. They were really good ball kids,” Tsonga said.

“I’m used to having some good ones in Roland Garros and in Paris Bercy so I think they’re really good.

“I think the most important element for me was their attention because they need to be ready at all times to receive a ball, to give a ball, give a towel or something. The most important thing is concentration.

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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  • Just to let you know, Nicole Thackray went to St Peter's Prep School, Harefield, Lympstone. It was one of the other ballgirls who went to George Washington Primary School ! It would be nice to see both of her local East Devon schools acknowledged in print, rather than a mistake! Regards Ally Thackray (mum)

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