Murray date just capital for Laurie

On the ball: Laurie Clark at the O2 Arena in London
On the ball: Laurie Clark at the O2 Arena in London
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Chorley youngster Laurie Clark admits her chance to share a court with US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals cannot come quickly enough.

After winning a nationwide competition from 2,500 children across the country the 15-year-old will be one of 30 Barclays Ball Kids at the O2 Arena in London from November 5 to 12.

Clark spent her half-term at the Hampshire Rackets and Health Club being put through her paces ready for her week in the spotlight in the capital.

And while the St Michael’s School pupil is expecting a tough week’s work at the O2, Clark can’t wait to get acquainted with Murray and the rest of the world’s top players.

“The training was pretty tiring,” she said.

“It was very hard work and my muscles were aching at the end of the week but everyone really enjoyed themselves, we all get on so well.

“I’ve been a ball girl before when the Davis Cup was in Bolton Arena but this will be something else, the best eight players in the world, I can’t believe it.

“It will be an amazing experience that I’m sure is going to take some getting used to.”

More than 20,000 spectators a day will see Clark in action at the eight-day season finale, which sees the cream of world tennis go head-to-head for total prize money of nearly £3m.

And while itching to get started, the Lancashire Health and Rackets Club youngster believes there’ll be more than a few nerves when she steps out onto court for the first time later next month.

“It will be very nerve-wracking but pretty exciting at the same time,” she said.

“Roger Federer is a total legend, one of the best players in the history of tennis, so to watch him play will just be amazing.

“And of course I’ll be supporting Andy Murray as well. It is all such a surprise because I did not expect to get picked and now it’s so close, I just can’t wait.”

For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London visit