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