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2008 US Open Ballperson Tryouts

June 19, 2008 10:55 AM

The USTA will conduct ballperson tryouts for the 2008 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., on Thursday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. The rain date is Friday, June 27. Tryouts are open to anyone 14-years* or older.

Prospective ballpersons will be evaluated on their running, throwing and catching skills. There are two different positions requiring either quickness and hand-eye coordination (net position) or a strong throwing arm (backcourt). The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that requires its ballpersons to throw the ball across the full length of the court rather than roll it along the sidelines.

The US Open employs approximately 275 ballpersons each year. About 80 rookies will rotate into this year’s US Open ballperson corps. The US Open is the only Grand Slam event that pays its ballpersons.

Polo Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the US Open ballpersons.

The 2008 US Open will be held Monday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 7. Tickets for the 2008 US Open and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day can be purchased four ways:

  1. at usopen.org;
  2. by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX;
  3. at all Ticketmaster outlets; or
  4. at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.

*Anyone under the age of 18 must have valid New York State working papers in order to work at the US Open. For more information, the GENERAL PUBLIC should contact the USTA National Tennis Center at (718) 760-6200.

 

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