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his in­ter­na­tional ri­vals later this year.

“I thought it looked like fun and didn’t par­tic­u­larly think I’d get this far so I want to go all the way now,” said Tovey, who has beaten off com­pe­ti­tion from thou­sands of 12-16 yearolds to make it this far.

“It would be re­ally cool to be on the court with the world’s best play­ers be­cause they are so good at what they do.

“I play hockey and I re­ally re­spect how much the sports­men sac­ri­fice which is re­ally ad­mirable so I would love to meet them.”

The na­tion­wide Bar­clays Ball Kids search be­gan in Jan­uary with Tovey – whose favourite player is Fed­erer – qual­i­fy­ing from the East­ern re­gional trial at Thorpe Wood Health & Rac­quets Club.

And Rused­ski, who along with Petchey will se­lect the lucky win­ners, be­lieves Tovey will be in for a treat she will never for­get should she reach the O2.

“This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for these kids be­cause if you love your ten­nis then you get to see the eight best play­ers in the world and be on the same court as them,” said Rused­ski, who reached No.4 in the world dur­ing his play­ing days.

“Right now we are go­ing through a re­ally mag­i­cal era of ten­nis stars and to think that Poppy could be along­side them is bril­liant.

“We are nar­row­ing it down to just 30 which is very dif­fi­cult but it does en­sure we have the best of the best come Novem­ber at the O2.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a Bar­clays Ball Kid at the Bar­clays ATP World Tour Fi­nals in London in Novem­ber, you can visit www.bar­clays­bal­lkids.com

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