The Aussie Open ball kids are always a huge part of the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. Famous for their speed, efficiency and ripping one-handed catches, they are always favourites amongst the crowds that descend on Melbourne Park in January.
Even the G.O.A.T. himself Roger Federer was once a ball kid.
“I was a ball kid for two years, I used to love it, chasing down the players for autographs and for photos.”
But make no mistake being a Ball kid is no easy gig. Each year more than 2,500 kids try out to become Australian Open ball kids and only 380 make the cut. The chosen ones have to brave the ridiculously hot summer afternoons, diva players and their tantrums, and dodge 200 km per hour missile serves.
We go behind the scenes with the 2017 Australian Open ball kids and find out exactly what it takes to make the cut.
Episode Length: 4:57 minutes
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions