A Rusedski masterclass

meggy hague-foale with Greg Rusedski
meggy hague-foale with Greg Rusedski
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FLEETWOOD schoolgirl Megan Hague-Foale was put through her paces by former British No.1 tennis player Greg Rusedski as her bid to become a Barclays Ball Kid entered its final stage.

The 14-year-old

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School pupil was one of 100 youngsters to be given expert tuition from Rusedski at the Barclays Ball Kids National Trial at Westway Sports Centre in London.

Up for grabs is the prize of starring alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the O2 as one of 30 ball kids for the ATP World Tour Finals in November.

Megan demonstrated her talent in front of Rusedski, as well as Mark Petchey, the former coach of British No.1 Andy Murray, who will also be in action at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Former Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School pupil Megan admitted it would be a dream come true to rub shoulders with the likes of Murray and his international rivals later this year.

Having beaten off competition from thousands of 12-16 year-olds to make it this far, Megan said: “I haven’t been a ball girl before, but I think it would be the best thing to ever happen to me if I was picked.

“It would be a dream come true. To get so close to these great role models, who everyone looks up to, would be a fantastic experience.

“Novak Djokovic is my favourite player because he is such an amazing athlete and it would be great to meet him.”

The nationwide Barclays Ball Kids search began in January with Megan qualifying from the North West regional trial.

And Rusedski, who along with Petchey will select the lucky winners, believes Megan 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 Megan 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 ww.barclaysballkids.com