Stowmarket’s Patrick Styles shared the spotlight with US Open and Olympic champion, Andy Murray at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Having won a nationwide competition to become a Barclays Ball Kid, the Woodbridge School pupil shared the court at the O2 Arena with the cream of world tennis, including Roger Federer, eventual champion and world number one Novak Djokovic and Murray.
After his week in the limelight, 14-year-old Styles – who saw off 2,500 other children to get his 15 minutes of fame – admitted it had been an experience to savour.
“It was definitely the best tennis experience I have ever had,” said Styles, who appeared in front of 20,000 spectators a day at the London event. “We had the best seats possible.
“Being on court with Djokovic was amazing. He was really nice to us all and is obviously one of the best players around at the moment so it was a pleasure to watch him.
“Having been able to see how they operate will help me when I next play tennis.
“In particular I was amazed by the amount of top spin they put on the ball and how easily they do a one-handed backhand.
“Being part of Murray’s matches was fantastic and the atmosphere was amazing. I was positioned right next to the umpire which gave me a great view.”
For more information on becoming a Barclays Ball Kid at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, visit www.barclaysballkids.com