In her hometown of Odessa in Ukraine, a tennis-mad 12-year-old named Elina Svitolina leapt at the chance to be a ballkid for an upcoming Davis Cup tie back in September 2006.
The top-ranked national junior for her age group, Svitolina was already laying the groundwork to soar to the top of the WTA Tour.
Thrilled to be able to witness world-class tennis on her local courts, Svitolina was eager to do a good job with a certain British prodigy turning up. His name: Andy Murray.
“There was a lot of pressure on the court and I was so excited, I tried to do everything as quickly as possible for the players,” Svitolina told ausopen.com
“I was OK, but there was one time which was very embarrassing for me. I gave a towel to Andy, I then turned to get a ball because I was in a position at the back of the court, they were old, it was a ball change. So, he threw the towel back to me and I missed it, which was bad because they were on clay courts so his towel was very dirty!
“I was embarrassed but in the end, I was very professional and I think I did a good job.”