Ball Boys are underrated

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Underrated

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  1. HEAD/PRINCE RULE

    HEAD/PRINCE RULE Rookie

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    Ball boy do not get enough respect they run all around to get balls and pros yell at them. These kids look up to the pros I wonder how they feel when their favorite player shouts at them. It's there not their fault, that the pros are having a bad time.
     
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  2. veritech

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    i think you mean underappreciated. that's true, but i rarely even see pros yell at ballboys, let alone interact with them at all.
     
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  3. Virginia

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    Interact? What about when they signal they want their towel and afterwards chuck it back? Pretty arrogant some of them are too!
     
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  4. veritech

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    well i hardly consider that interacting. most players just point or gesture for the towel, wipe themselves off, and then toss the towel back on the box or toss it back to the ballkids. i haven't seen more than that.
     
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  5. Rickson

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    These kids get paid for what they do. My buddy used to work as a ball boy back in the Steffi Graf days and he got paid a thousand bucks for the summer. That may sound like chump change, but back in 1989, that was good money for a kid.
     
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  6. Moose Malloy

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    never heard of ballboys getting paid anything for their services, other than meals.

    maybe he was Graf's 'personal' ball-boy?
     
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  7. veritech

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    are all ballkids paid?
     
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  8. Challenger

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    OMG, the ballboy had to pick up a towel instead of having it neatly handed to him. His life is ruined! Such trauma!
     
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  9. Rickson

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    I don't know, but he was more than just a ballboy. He helped with the setup and cleanup during the summer.
     
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  10. Rhino

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    Some ballboys are underrated. For instance Federer was a ball-boy in Basel once, and apparently he received virtually no attention.
     
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  11. AznHylite

    AznHylite Semi-Pro

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    I believe all ballboys are volunteering to give their services, not being paid for them.
     
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  12. srv vlly

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    only us open ballboys are payed. and ive seen roddick curse out ball boys, so yes there is a need of respect for them
     
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  13. SempreSami

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    Who cares, they're the oompa loompas of tennis :roll:
     
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  14. !Tym

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    Ball boys are underrated? That may be, but ball women with skirts that fly make me blush (but only if they're models! and women...NOT girls! ...and wearing Hugo Boss.).

    Does that make me sexist? Probably so, but I must admit that I sometimes wonder what would it be like to play tennis in Spain as a Spaniard that time of year. I'm sure the young ball boy who fetches for young women the likes of Maria Sharapova would feel the same. Where do I sign up? Unfortunately, alas, I know she, the "P is for Princess!" would want nothing to do with me, or my towels; for I would be nothing more than her little Spanish ball man to her. Sigh. Life SUCKS! And don't let anyone tell you otherwise, it's all true.
     
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  15. Hyd

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    I know someone that was a ball boy at the Montreal masters cup and they are not getting paid, at least not there. After all they can watch the best players in the world play eachothers and they couldnt have better seats.
     
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  16. Fee

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    Ballkids at the San Jose and LA ATP tournaments do not get paid. They get meals and clothes. Ballkids at Challenger events usually do not get paid. USO ball people get paid and they have to undergo training. I think Wimbledon ballkids get paid and they also have to undergo training (3 weekends, if I remember correctly).
     
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  17. diegaa

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    as a former ballboy, im totally underrated. :p
     
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  18. Bogie

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    i ballboyed several years ago at the tiburon challenger and it was more than enough of a reward just being on the court with such great players and watching some great tennis. so especially if they are getting payed at the open and wimby, its not like their job is that difficult and from what i see, most of them half ass it anyway so im actually not surprised when players get mad at them. in my opinion, are they underappreciated, no, not at all.
     
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  19. uni

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    I ballboy at the US OPEN and I will say it is pretty hard, especially when you dont have a full crew. And the heat gets to u when ur out there. Also when you are at net, and the ball bounces off the net and rolls towards the baseline, you get really tired. During the open, many kids had heat stroke or some form of heat oriented illness. I was on a court where a kid had a nosebleed and the match was delayed.

    Out of the grand slams, the USOPEN is the only slam that pays their ballboys. We go through an extensive tryout and the qualifiers are one long tryout.

    I think we are underappreciated but i guess i cant say much because it helps my tennis, i get to be near the greatest athletes in the world, and i get paid
     
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  20. alexandra31

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    no they dont...

    Pros dont yell at them...although they give them dirty looks most of the time especially when they take too long. in 2004?2003? Autralian Open Marat safin included Ballboys and linesmen in his final speech.

    " just like what i say without linesmen i would never win a point"
    -marat safin
     
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