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Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Bobs tennis, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Bobs tennis

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    I was out of tennis for many years and only returned a few years ago.In the day, if we wanted to have a towel we wore a small towel on our waist.No disrespect but now between each point a ballboy must run up to the player and hand this dirty,sweaty and I'm sure bloody towel to the player and then the player hands (often throws) the towel at the ballboy.In football the players have towels on their waist.In basketball they wait for timeouts.It slows the continuous play and frankly ballboys should be wearing rubber gloves.When did this start and do you agree with it.Not looking for a war just wondering.
     
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  2. db10s

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    This should probably be in Pros Rackets and Gear.... But on that note I am a ball boy... Gulbis had a bloody towel in Delray this year.... Yeah... I'm glad there was plenty of soap in the bathroom.
     
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  3. Niou

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    I agree with this.
    Ballboys/girls should wear gloves for their own safety.
    Why cant the players use their own shirts to towel themselves like we all do...
     
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    HAHA... They should really just get their own towel imo.
     
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  5. Nikeman

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    Im a ballboy i personaly dont care just as along as i get a autograph later on i sweat just as much as they do when i play so i just man up
     
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  6. db10s

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    What tournament? Have you ever had a bloody towel? Or been a boy boy for Gulbis?

    This is what happens when you are a ball boy for Gulbis.


    1. He complains about ball kids to the chair, he is the only player to say anything.

    2. He had a cut on his nose, so then he had a BLOODY towel. I went to get him a fresh towel (which I'm not technically supposed to do, but yeah... I'm sure most of you would do the same) and he refused.

    3. Since matches are televised, the towel shouldn't be seen. In Delray we had these triangle boards (~9 in tall) against the back wall. We are supposed to put the towel on the other side of them, so they aren't seen. Gulbis made a scene and instructed me how to put his towel on top of the triangle boards... The line judge next to me knew it wasn't supposed to be showing, but said to leave it and "I guess thats how he wants his towel"...
     
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  7. themitchmann

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    Since the towel had blood on it, I would not have touched it. It's not safe...it's a biohazard. Make the scumbag get it himself or use a clean towel.

    Because of your experience, I will never cheer for him again.
     
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  8. AREYOUOUTOFYOURVULCANMIND

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    No, blood is not that dangerous. It is in us to live. Even if it has bad stuff in it, it will only hurt you if you eat it. Don't eat other people's blood. It can be bad for you.
     
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  9. themitchmann

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    I hope you're joking. Blood borne pathogens can be dangerous if they enter the body in any number of ways, including through open cuts/scraps.
     
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    Pretty much all of the ball kids hate him.
     
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    I mentioned this last year but my youngest has been a ballboy for the last 4 yrs.......US Clay, Davis Cup.....

    Last year he worked Alex Bogomolov twice.......Bogo was the most gross!!!!! He used the towel as a snot rag - my son told us at one point the thing was soaked with sweat, blood and boogers!!!!!! Naaaasty!

    We have it on tape as my son was working the baseline and had to get Bogos towel he was holding it with barely 2 fingers.......kinda funny - gross - but funny.

    The current issue of Tennis View Magazine also has a story about this very subject -
     
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  12. PhotoBlue

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    Didn't know Gulbis was such a jerk...
     
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  13. Bobs tennis

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    More towels

    Well I'm glad others are aware of this stuff.I'm going to hunt down that magazine article.I'm not really complaining about a sweaty towel but let them get their own towel and do it within the time limits.Frankly it's just a way to slow up play and get some breathing time.Since I noticed this I've also noticed some players never use the towel scam.And please don't get me started with players like Gulbis.His actions are quite noticeable even on TV.That is the fault of the USTA and other orgs. that allow his actions.OK i'll get off the soap box now and stop complaining.
     
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  14. Nostradamus

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    I want those Free babolat towels that TW Europe is giving away.
     
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  15. sureshs

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    Gloves is the simple solution.
     
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