Steamboat Springs' Burger to serve as ball girl at pro tennis event

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— As Tatum Burger has learned, it helps to be fast.

The 13-year-old Steamboat Springs resident was the fastest of the competition and in turn will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tatum, who was on the Team Colorado tennis team, earned the right to be the ball girl for Thursday’s Battle of the Champions at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The event will feature Michael Chang, Patrick McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier in three exhibition matches.

“It will be a really cool experience,” she said. “I mean, I get to be a ball girl for the pros.”

Tatum will be at the net and will serve as the person who darts across the court and grabs misguided shots into the net.

The opportunity arose through her involvement with Team Colorado. Because she was the fastest on the team, she was assigned to net duties for Thursday's matches.

Tatum said she hasn’t practiced much and isn’t totally sure what to expect.

As a seventh-grader, she is one of the top tennis players in her age group in Colorado. She said her favorite player is Roger Federer, and she can't wait to watch some of the best U.S. pros of all time play the game she loves.

“It’s going to be really cool,” she said. “I want to see how they play. I want to see how they never stop moving their feet.”

For more information on Thursday's event, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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