Esperance 'ball kids' attend Hopman Cup

Two Esperance tennis enthusiasts have been up close and personal with the world’s best tennis players, after taking up a special role at this year’s Hopman Cup.

Esperance locals Harriet and William Wildberger attended the annual tennis tournament as Ballkids.

Harriet said she first considered training for the position after going to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open.

“I saw all of the ballkids there and it really inspired me to get involved because it looked like lots of fun and they were all like one big family,” she said.

The 13-year-old said the event was ‘a lot of fun’ and enjoyed being so close to the players.

“Being in the position net for Roger Federer’s game was the highlight for me,” she said.

Harriet was the first of the family to become involved, inspiring younger brother William to follow in her footsteps.

William said being a ballkid was something he ‘really wanted to do’.

“When Harriet first started, I got to go watch her and that really inspired me to start because she got to see the players and see what real tennis was,” he said.

“It’s athletic and it’s also really fun for regional kids to have the opportunity to go and and see all of the really good players.”

The pair thanked their family, supervisors, coach and fellow ballkids for their support.