CULFORD Prep School pupil and tennis scholar Noah Cutting, 10, had a day to remember when he was selected as the mascot to walk on court with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the final of the Barclays ATP World Tennis Tour finals held at the O2 Arena, in London.
This annual event, which features the top eight male players in the world, is the finale to the World tour season — 18,000 spectators at the arena and a worldwide live television audience of millions watched the match which saw Roger Federer defeat Tsonga to win the title for a record sixth time.
Cutting combines his education with a high performance tennis programme at Culford School, where he trains for 11 hours a week.
He is ranked in the top 25 players in the United Kingdom in the 10 and under age group.
Marc Powell, Culford’s head of performance, said: “This was a marvellous opportunity for Noah and one which he will remember for many years.”
The trials to find ball boys and girls for next year’s event at the O2 have been finalised, with Culford Sports and Tennis Centre set to host a regional selection trial, which will take place at their indoor tennis centre on January 22.
Thirty children aged between 12 and 16 will be selected from trials taking place throughout the UK to join the world’s top eight tennis players at the O2 for the 2012 World Tour Finals next November.
To sign up for the Barclays Ball Kids Regional Trial at Culford, go to www.barclaysballkids.com and complete the online application form.