Teen takes to court with ten­nis leg­ends

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SAL­TER Point boy Matthew Costa had to chance to stand among the world’s best ten­nis play­ers in his role as a ball boy at the Aus­tralian Open.

The 14-year-old was a ball boy dur­ing a num­ber of matches, in­clud­ing Ja­panese star Kei Nishikori’s match against An­drey Kuznetsov.

His mother Cas­san­dra Costa said it took a num­ber of tri­als be­fore Matthew was se­lected.

“He ap­plied to be a ball boy dur­ing the 2016 Aus­tralian Open but they said he should do the Hop­man Cup first to get some ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“We went to Melbourne twice for train­ing ses­sions last year, dur­ing which he was cri­tiqued and then cho­sen as part of the 330-strong train on squad.”

Ms Coasta said the ex­pe­ri­ence was fan­tas­tic for Matthew.

“He was very happy to be able to do it and it came af­ter he was a ball boy for Roger Fed­erer dur­ing the Hop­man Cup,” she said.

Ms Costa said her son had a keen in­ter­est in ten­nis and of­ten played at the Man­ning Ten­nis Club.

Matthew Costa at the Aus­tralian Open.

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