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Kids all set for dream O2 World Tour tennis roles
4:25pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
By Pippa Field
THE final cast list for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals might be assembled late, but Catford’s Georgina Post is itching to end a seven-month wait for her starring role at the O2.
The 13-year-old is set to be one of just 30 Barclays Ball Kids rubbing shoulders with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in London at the glamorous eight-day finale to the tennis season.
Post, who attends St Dunstan’s College, beat off stiff competition from thousands of youngsters across the UK to earn the right to star at the O2 from November 4 to 11.
Having been handpicked by six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker back in April, she spent last week at a training camp at the Hampshire Health and Racquet Club and now can’t wait to get going.
“It was quite hard a hard week but very fun and we’ve learnt loads of new skills which have been quite interesting,” she said.
“We were learning how to work as a team and how to communicate with others on court. We did ball changes and if certain situations happen, how we can react in a certain way.
“It definitely looks easier when you are watching it.
“There are so many things that you have to do that you just don’t realise because they do it so well.
“Hopefully I can do as well. I’m just going to be practicing between now and the event.
“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be amazing.”
Post will also share the court with 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro at the O2 as eight singles players as well as eight doubles pairings compete in front of 20,000 spectators each day.
She’ll be joined at the Finals by Langley Park School for Boys pupil Tijan Lambert, who is determined to make the most of his moment in the spotlight with the world’s best players.
“I am anxious because I don’t want to make a mistake but at the same time I am really excited to meet the players and talk to them,” he added. “I just hope I can do my best.
“I am really looking forward to meeting Novak Djokovic because I just love his style of tennis.”
For more information about the Barclays Ball Kids programme, go to barclaysballkids.com or visit the Barclays Ball Kids Facebook page.
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