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Cheltenham girl to be ball girl at tennis ATP Finals

A Cheltenham teenager has said she is thrilled to have been invited to be a ball girl at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Chloe Lawrence, 15, has been selected as one of 30 youngsters to officiate at November's season-ending event which features the world's top eight players.

"I thought my parents were lying when they told me," Chloe said.

Almost 2,500 young people applied to take part but only 120 made it through to the National Trials in London where the final group was selected.

The group was given some coaching from tennis legend Boris Becker.

"He taught us all the skills we needed, how to react, and how to behave when the players ask for different things," Chloe explained.

Looking ahead to the O2 Arena event, she said it would be "astonishing" to stand alongside the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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