Leon nets World Tour role

LEON Bailey is currently rubbing shoulders with the world’s best tennis players in his role as a ball boy at the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena.

The 14-year-old from Haverhill was one of a selected 32 from an original entry of 2,500 to be a Barclays Ball Kid.

Leon 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 is playing there alongside the likes of world number one Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“This means a lot because I have spent so many hours working but I have persevered,” said Bailey, who has twice before missed out on final selection at the national trials stage.

“We are all so excited. I follow tennis a lot and I’ve heard a lot of the players are nice guys so I am looking forward to meeting them.”

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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