Be a Ballkid at International Tennis Tournaments

Be a Ballkid at International Tennis Tournaments

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

If you’re thinking about a future career in Tennis or another sport, or you’re just really passionate about the game and would like to get out on the court yourself,  why not sign up for the National BallKid Program. You could get some amazing experience to add to your resume, gain insight into the world of professional sports, watch the matches close up, or even get to network with some elite tennis players and their crew.

How to become a ball boy or girl in Australia

  • Be aged between 12 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 either in the state where the tournaments are happening or at the National Training Centre.

Making the cut at trials means you’ll have to attend the 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 designed by Ralph Lauren no doubt (which you’ll be allowed to keep). You might also bag a bunch of other goodies like the Apple AirPods, gift cards and backpacks that the 2021 ballkids received. You’ll also get a food and travel allowance to cover your costs.

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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