JOANNA Rimmington is relishing rubbing shoulders with tennis’ top stars for the second year in succession at the ATP Tour finals.

Joanna - who is from Ashingdon - has again been selected as a ball girl for the high-profile event at the O2 Arena.

And Joanna’s mother Tracey said her daughter was loving every second of being on court.

“Joanna is a massive tennis fan and has found being a ball girl absolutely amazing so far,” said Tracey.

“She’s really into her tennis and was playing at least eight hours a week before a stress fracture in her back stopped that but it’s been great for her to be so close to these top players in such an exciting event.

“She did the Rafa Nadal match the other day before he was forced to pull out injured and she’s been doing a lot of the doubles as well which has been really entertaining.

“I think the only top player she hasn’t been a ball girl for so far this time is Roger Federer but she’s hoping she will be able to do one of his matches soon.”

Joanna was chosen as a ball girl last season after successfully coming through a number of selection processes at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

And that also being led to her being called upon this time around.

“Last year there were a lot of selection processes Joanna had to go through but I think it changed slightly this year and they just opted to invited a lot of the same people back which was great,” said Tracey.

“I think last year there were 30 kids chosen and this year there were 24 so when we found Joanna had been picked it was very exciting.

“They operate in four teams of six and stay on court for about an hour each and she’s really been enjoying it again.”

The ATP Tour finals are a week-long event held at the end of every season which feature the top eight singles players and doubles teams in the ATP Rankings.