US Open looking for “on the ball” types

It’s that time of the year again, when the US Open holds tryouts for ballpersons.

The minimum age is 14. But there seems to be no maximum age as long as you can do the job.

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The tryouts are June 4 and 5, from 5-8 p.m. on site at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

Ballpersons for both the net and back positions will be evaluated by US Open officials on their “overall athletic skills”.

The big to-do last year was when the USTA announced it was “putting less emphasis on a single skill set” – i.e., being able to throw the ball.

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