Should Ball Kids Wear Surgical Gloves Before Handling Player's Towels As BG Suggests?

Should Ball Kids Wear Surgical Gloves Before Handling Player's Towels As BG Suggests?


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Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
The four top pro coaches did a great job answering questions on this forum, but I found Brad's answer very funny in the following exchange:

Originally Posted by tennis_balla
I have been talking about the players towel being handled by ball kids for a few years now. Not only is it gross, its unhealthy and unsanitary as well. The players need to stop being such prima donnas and get their own towel.

ANSWER:
First of all, maybe the ball kids should wear plastic gloves. The logistics of the players going back to get their towels would take too long. For a player to walk there and back 40 or 50 ft as opposed to a kid running it up doesn't make sense. I do agree on the germ issue, therefore plastic gloves would make sense. Just as much germs on the balls, but it's just part of the deal.
--Brad Gilbert
I find the image of ball kids wearing surgical gloves and handling players' towels with outstretched hands at Wimbledon very comical. This would also work well in the extreme heat at the Australian Open.

Maybe a surgical mask on the ball kids should be added to the mix. This would be a good look for television.




What should be done to protect ball kids from player's towels?

a) Nothing, the ball kids need to build up their immunity.

b) Ball kids should wear surgical gloves and hold the towels away from themselves with outstretched arms.

c) Surgical gloves are not enough for handling players' towels; a surgical mask is needed as well.

d) Ball kids should wear a full hazmat suit.

e) It depends on the player.


 
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newpball

Legend
a) Nothing, the ball kids need to build up their immunity.

b) Ball kids should wear surgical gloves and hold the towels away from them with outstretched arms.

c) Surgical gloves are not enough for handling player's towels; a surgical mask is needed as well.

d) Ball kids should wear a full hazmat suit.

e) Players should get their own towels.
f) Stop this silly toweling altogether, players can towel during the designated 2 game break and wear a headband for the sweat.

:grin:
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Players should also wear surgical gloves since they touch the ball with sweaty hands (and you never can tell where those hands have been).

Spectators should also wear gloves in case a player smashes or shanks and they catch the disease-infested ball.

What about players throwing their infected towels and wristbands/headbands into the crowd ?

The spectators should also have to go through decontamination and a 3 week quarantine before being let out into the world, lest they spread yellow fever / cholera/ chlamydia obtained from a sweaty tennis ball.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Professions undergo dramatic changes and evolve organically over time across the globe. To this day, the flight attendancy in the third world is relegated to naïve young modelesque good-natured bare-handed boys and girls, while in the U.S. the profession is thoroughly dominated by assertive match-tough unionized elderly women who wear boxing gloves even to collect empty trays.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Time to end the towel nonsense. Players can keep a small towelette in a pocket and replace it every changeover, or wipe their faces with their wrist sweatbands like the rest of us.
 
Hummm, never thought about this....

Now that I think about the not-so-cutie Cootie Queen Justine "Raise yer hand!" Henin, maybe those kids who worked her matches should've gotten tested tested. :neutral:
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Hummm, never thought about this....

Now that I think about the not-so-cutie Cootie Quittie Queen Justine "Raise yer hand!" Henin, maybe those kids who worked her matches should've gotten tested tested. :neutral:
Embellishment in bold earned quite well by her notorious AO final default vs Mauresmo...too sick to continue but stays on court for Mauresmo's "hollowed" celebration. I wanted MP earned and celebrated the right way!
 

Fifth Set

Professional
Brad is hilarious. I think I read somewhere that he's an extreme germophobe.

Not that I blame him if we are talking about Gulbis' towels - who knows what that young man has picked up along the way!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Brad is hilarious. I think I read somewhere that he's an extreme germophobe.

Not that I blame him if we are talking about Gulbis' towels - who knows what that young man has picked up along the way!
I'd be more concerned with Ricky's schwetty gaskets...cue up some Katy Perry music..."I kissed a girl..."
 

sportsfan1

Hall of Fame
The excessive toweling is ridiculous. What do the players do in soccer since the clock just keeps running - just wait till they are not part of the action?
 

Mike Bulgakov

G.O.A.T.
Vera chimes in:

"Brad Gilbert has again suggested that ball persons should wear surgical gloves to prevent getting germs from the players. Hands do not absorb germs, so wouldn't the gloves be no solution? Furthermore, it seems that a bigger concern is the ball kids spreading germs to top players, as the ball kids are easily replaced, but top players should not risk getting germs."

Vera makes a good point.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Put up a towel rack and let the players grab their own towels and put them back.

Or bring back the small towel hanging off your waist.
 

dlk

Hall of Fame
I don't believe in toweling between every point. Wipe the sweat with your towel at the bench between games. That will solve the supposed hygiene issue.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I don't believe in toweling between every point. Wipe the sweat with your towel at the bench between games. That will solve the supposed hygiene issue.
No it does not solve the problem. Wear gloves and a mask when washing these towels. Maybe a blindfold if these are or were white towels.
 
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movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I used to help out at a sports center where we had a towel service and used to give them out and take them in and sometimes clean them (there was a huge washing machine and dryer in the facility). There wasn't much general awareness of germs, bacteria, etc. back in those days so I didn't think anything about it. But there's a lot of dangerous stuff out there today.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
"Sweating is your body’s way of releasing excess body heat to maintain an ideal core temperature of 98.6° Fahrenheit. When you exercise or are exposed to the elements on a hot day, your body will release sweat through the millions of sweat glands located all over your skin. The sweat then evaporates, releasing the heat into the environment and cooling your body down.

But what happens when you’re sweating so hard you are dripping?

Dripping sweat is not a good sign, and in fact, it's signaling you need to slow down and cool off. When sweat drips, evaporation ceases to occur, which means the excess heat your body is trying so hard to get rid of is not actually being released. Your body can only do so much to regulate its internal temperatures, so you have to be conscious of your body heat and rate of sweat production.

If you’re exercising so hard you’re dripping with sweat, make sure you wipe it off with a dry towel as much as you can to allow for evaporation. If it’s really hot or humid outside or inside, take a break in a cooler place. And don’t forget to replace lost fluids. You can lose 1-2 liters of sweat per hour in high-temperature conditions, which means you need to replace those fluids. Drink plenty of water and use a high-quality sports drink, such as Gatorade, if you’re going to be exercising or exposed to high temperatures for more than 90 minutes."

So, frequent toweling off for the "drippers" is probably necessary
 

Vcore89

G.O.A.T.
Players should also wear surgical gloves since they touch the ball with sweaty hands (and you never can tell where those hands have been).

Spectators should also wear gloves in case a player smashes or shanks and they catch the disease-infested ball.

What about players throwing their infected towels and wristbands/headbands into the crowd ?

The spectators should also have to go through decontamination and a 3 week quarantine before being let out into the world, lest they spread yellow fever / cholera/ chlamydia obtained from a sweaty tennis ball.
Are you insinuating about a former Mallorcan who now resides at Fed's residence just next to fire hydrant rampaging Tiger?;)

Spectators surely would want to get hold of those balls! DNA to prove their child is a/an legitimate/illegitimate child of some Czech mate.;)
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
The the US Open they have bottles of hand sanitizer on the back of the Umps chair.
They can sanitize after each interaction.

This thread could use a thorough cleansing.
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
"Alexei, please spear that pesky stalker, Mike B.! I will pay your fine and even make penalty box more comfortable! Please, Alexei???"
Wondering if the coach who grabbed suresh's berries was wearing gloves, or did he pluck them bear-handed.



p.s. oops, did not realize I bumped a thread. Got here due to some like notifications :(
 

SpaceAce42

Banned
Indian wells was going to have a chair/bench for players to self towel, no kids should ever again have to touch someone's sweaty towel, and also should now wear gloves EVEN after Corona is dead and gone which is hopefully this year.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
As usual short sighted and reactive instead of sensible and proactive. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that somebody like Delpo blowing his big honker into a towel, then handing towel to ballkid, is not sensible.
 
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