The walls and floors in the passageway of Michelle and Paul Murphy’s house can have a spell this week as their daughter Emily takes centre court at the World Tennis Challenge on Memorial Drive.
12-year-old Emily Murphy has been selected in the state Ballkids Squad to officiate at this weeks event and has been diligently practicing her BallKids skills at every opportunity in their family home, and in between matches at her local competition.
Emily applied to Tennis SA midway through last year and attended trials held over two weekends during October in Adelaide.
The trials involved many skills which included rolling balls down the sideline, throw-ins to players from the baseline, learning hand signals to communicate between Ballkids during matches and towel folding.
Emily was able to put those skills into practice at the State League Tennis Grand Finals at the new Playford Tennis Centre in November.
At that event Emily was also part of a demonstration which was used to recruit additional Ballkids for the Playford International ATP Event which was held on December 30 to January 7.
News of Emily’s selection came during the Finals.
Emily will be volunteering for all three nights of the World Tennis Challenge and will also be competing the in Country Carnival during the day.
She has been given a bright uniform of shirt, hat & shorts for the event and has also received a donation from the Port Augusta Tennis Association to assist.
Emily’s sister Alice also volunteered at the Playford ATP event for the first 2 days.
PATA Secretary Bruno Carcuro said that the Association is extremely proud of Emilys achievement and that he is confident she will be a great ambassador for our sport and city.
“Some of the worlds greatest players started out as BallKids” Mr C said.