posted on Oct, 15 2004 @ 06:31 PM
how can i make the title of this thread politicaly correct? ball persons? ball young persons? ball people?
Models ace ballboys out of a job
Fri Oct 15, 8:34 AM ET
MADRID (Reuters) - The centre court at next week's Madrid Masters tournament will look more like a catwalk than a sports arena after organisers
decided to drop the traditional ballboys and ballgirls in favour of glamorous female models.
The organisers are reported to be paying the 25 women an average of 900 euros (620 pounds) to do the job previously done by enthusiastic young
volunteers from local tennis clubs.
Coach Julio Nieto admitted that he had had a tough job in trying train up the models for the tournament.
"We have had to show them what the sport is all about," he told sports daily As. "We had to start by explaining what a game, a set and ace were and
then tell them when and how to pass the players the balls.
"It's not going to be perfect, but I'll be happy if things turn out well and there are no protests from the players. Although personally I think that
with such beautiful girls the players are going to be distracted."
World number one Roger Federer leads the field at the tournament which gets underway on Monday October 18.