LEWES’ Holly Bennett admits her chance to share a court with US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals cannot come quickly enough.
After winning a nationwide competition from 2,500 children across the country the 15-year-old will be one of 30 Barclays Ball Kids at the O2 Arena in London from November 5 to 12.
Holly spent her half-term at The Hampshire Racquets & Health Club being put through her paces ready for her week in the spotlight in the capital.
And while the Chailey School pupil is expecting a tough week’s work at the O2, she can’t wait to get acquainted with Murray and the rest of the world’s top players.
“The training was pretty tiring,” said the Southdown Tennis Club youngster.
“But I’m feeling pretty good about the work I have done, I’m pretty ready for the tournament so that’s quite a good feeling.
“I went to watch the tournament at the 02 last year so I know how big it is, it’s pretty crazy to think that I will be out there on the court.
“I applied last year but I didn’t make the final cut, which was quite gutting so it feels even better now that I have got in and I can’t wait to get involved.”
More than 20,000 spectators a day will see Holly 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 £3m.
And while itching to get started, the former Iford Primary School pupil believes there’ll be more than a few nerves when she steps out onto court for the first time later this month.
“I need to try and keep cool when I get out on the court and do the job I have been taught to do,” she added.
“But of course I’m going to be a bit nervous, it’s such a big crowd with the lights and the atmosphere it will be amazing, I can’t wait.”
For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London visit www.barclaysballkids.com