Want to become a ballkid?

Be a part of the Australian Open

Ball boys and ball girls are an important part of the professional tennis scene. Responsible for picking up used and providing new balls to the players out on the courts, they keep the game going safely and smoothly.

So if you’ve been inspired while watching the Australian Open and are keen to get out on the court yourself,¬† why not sign up for the National BallKid Program and turn your dreams into reality.

How to become a ball boy or girl in Australia

  • Be aged between 11 and 17 years old
  • Register your interest in the National Ballkid Program by completing the online application form

If you’re selected, you’ll have to attend trials at the National Training Centre.

Making the cut at trials means you’ll have to attend the 4 month training program, which¬†could mean you’ll be selected as one of the 360 ball boys and ball girls taking part in the Australian Open.

You won’t get paid for your hours spend on court, but you’ll be supplied with the official uniform (which you’ll be allowed to keep), get a food allowance to use, and might receive tickets for to give to your family and friends.

Future opportunities for ballkids

Taking part in the Australian Open could open doors for you to attend international tournaments and matches.

After the age of 16 if you’d like to progress your career, there’s always the option to train as a linesperson, umpire, or work in other court services.


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