Updated: Wednesday, 17th July 2019 @ 5:08pm

Sale teenage ball boy hopes to meet Roger Federer at season-ending showpiece tennis event in London

Sale teenage ball boy hopes to meet Roger Federer at season-ending showpiece tennis event in London

By Paul Smith

A Sale schoolboy will soon be rubbing shoulders with the world's best tennis players after being chosen as a ball boy for a prestigious end-of-season tournament.

Prashant Duggal, 15, is one of a selected 32 from an original entry of 2,500 to be a Barclays Ball Kid at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2.

Duggal passed through both regional and national trials before going through a tough week of training in Southampton in preparation for the event which pits the top eight players in the world against each other.

Britain's Olympic champion Andy Murray, who also won the US Open in an outstanding 2012, has confirmed his place at the showpiece event, alongside the likes of world number one Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

"You don't often get to say you have met the best eight players in the world and you have got to be within a few feet of them watching high-quality tennis," said Duggal, a keen tennis player himself.

"My hero is Roger Federer and to be within a few feet of one of the best players to have played tennis and to see how he does it - I'm really looking forward to it."

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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