A DREAM came true for two young tennis stars when they got to play against their hero Andy Murray.
Teddy Hall, just turned 10, and Eden Richardson, nine, won a tennis tournament at David Lloyd Leisure in Ellesmere Port and travelled to London for a very special day.
They chatted to the British number one and played a rally against him, as well as playing a mixed doubles tournament involving 50 teams.
Teddy, of Puddington, Neston, said: ‘The best bit was when we met him. We had a picture taken with him and played a rally and tried to win the point. I won mine.
‘He’s nicer than he looks on the telly – he smiled a lot and it seemed like he really enjoyed it.’
The pair had to play seven rounds at their local leisure centre to earn their day at Raynes Park.
They also got to practise drills and had their serving speed measured. At the end of the day they came away with signed caps and a T-shirt.
Eden has played since she was three and mum Leslie, from Stanney Oaks, said the Merton House School pupil came away ‘buzzing’.
She said: ‘She’s mad on tennis and she was over the moon to have a hit with him. It was one of her dreams – he had so much time for them.’
Teddy, a pupil at The King’s School, Chester, has played for about four years and trains twice a week. The work paid off and on the day the pair got to the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles.
Mum Julie said: ‘They did very well. They all had a fantastic day.’
The day was the culmination of ‘The Road to Andy Murray’ competition and Andy himself said: ‘I love seeing the kids getting really excited about the game.
‘It would be fantastic if we discovered some great players of the future through this competition.’