Life as a superstar

On the first day of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Esther Vergeer and Richard Krajicek’s group of talented young players were given a unique glimpse behind the scenes. They posed with the trophy that is awarded to the champion, and even got to walk out on centre court.

In between, the youngsters were given an explanation of the Hawk-Eye technology (the computer system that tracks the path of the ball). They also played some tennis with one of the tournament’s players, Dennis Istomin, ranked 68 in the world. Maikel Scheffers, the best wheelchair tennis player in the Netherlands just now, also stopped by. Besides playing some tennis, he took time out to give the youngsters an update on what is happening in his career and the plans for the upcoming ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

Photo shoots and autographs

The most important lesson for the future pros was yet to come, though. Shadowing Andy Murray, the young players experienced what it is like to go from a photo shoot to an autograph signing to a sponsor event. They experienced everything from right in the eye of the storm: the bustle, the security guards, the fans and the media. Murray first gave a press conference, followed by no fewer than seven television interviews. Immediately after this, accompanied by the young players, he made the rounds through Ahoy. After the autograph signing and even more photos with patiently waiting fans, the youngsters knew one thing for sure: the Scotsman’s greatest talent might just be that he was friendly throughout and managed a smile for everyone.

Find out how the young players overcame their stage fright.