Corey on the ball to net tennis role

Share this article

WAKEFIELD’S Corey Chan is set to play a starring role alongside British number one Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals after winning the Barclays Ball Kids National Trial.

The 15-year-old Kettlethorpe High School pupil fought off competition from 129 other 12 to 16-year-olds at Westway Sports Centre to be named as one of 30 Barclays Ball Kids for the showpiece end-of-season event in November.

Chan was tested on agility, endurance, ball skills, balance, speed and team work in London by three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and Murray’s former coach Mark Petchey.

And Chan, who is a member of Thongsbridge Tennis Centre, admitted he would be counting down the days until he gets to share the court with Murray and other tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“I have been a ball boy before at a Futures Event and really enjoyed it,” said Chan, who beat off competition from 2,500 other hopefuls to get this far.

“But this will be totally different, the O2 is an enormous arena. The top eight are all going to be there, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait.”

Read this week’s Wakefield Express for more on this story.