The thirteen ball boys and girls who will be on duty at next month’s Andy Murray Live event have been specially selected for what is certain to be a memorable occasion. The British number one will face Roger Federer at The SSE Hydro in the second edition of his charity fundraising event, with all proceeds being shared by Unicef and Sunny-sid3up. Andy will also be joined by brother Jamie to take on Tim Henman and Mansour Bahrami in a lighthearted doubles challenge.
The lucky ball boys and girls, aged between ten and twelve, all represent Andy and Jamie’s home tennis district of ‘Central Scotland’ and train at the Scottish National Tennis Centre in Stirling, while three of the girls taking part, Eilidh Davidson, Aurora Nevin and Carys Gibb, reside in the brothers’ home town of Dunblane.
Indeed, Eilidh is really following in the footsteps of the town’s most famous inhabitants, having represented Scotland recently in Under 12 team at the Four Nations Competition, while another of the youngsters, Isaac King, won the Under 10 Central Closed Event this year; a competition Andy himself triumphed in back in 1995 when he was eight!
To prepare for next month’s sold-out event, the youngsters are attending four training days at the National Tennis Centre. For some of them, however, being a ball kid is not a new experience, as they performed the role at the ATP Legends Tour Event in June for Greg Rusedski, Thomas Enqvist, Mats Wilander and Colin Fleming.
The ball kids will be on duty throughout the night and will be wearing a specially created uniform made by event partner, Under Armour.
The full list of ball kids are:
Eilidh Davidson (aged 12) from Dunblane
Aurora Nevin (aged 11) from Dunblane
Carys Gibb (aged 11) from Dunblane
Rosie Woodward (aged 11) from Bridge of Allan
Hannah Macleod (aged 10) from Larbert
Abbie Macleod (aged 12) from Larbert
Isaac King (aged 11) from Menstrie
Sam Featherstone (aged 11) from Linlithgow
Alexander Gibb (aged 11) from Killearn
Dugald Mackechnie (aged 12) from Bridge of Allan
Adam Howat (aged 11) from Dollar
Dylan Clarke (aged 11) from Bridge of Allan
Harry Carman (aged 11) from Dollar