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U.S. Open Holds Ball Person Tryouts

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Hundreds of hopefuls tried out to be ballboys and ballgirls at the U.S. Open Thursday.

Battling sweltering temperatures, contestants from all over the city lined up outside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for a shot at one of the 80 available positions.
United States Tennis Association officials evaluated the competition on their running, throwing and catching skills.

"For many of them, it is their first job ever," said Tina Taps, the director of U.S. Open Ballpersons. "And what it teaches them is all about team work, comradery, responsibility. So many life skills are involved in having this job at the US Open."

"I am trying out because I play tennis, so I think it is pretty cool to be out here during the summer with the players," said Michael Pisarek, who tried out to be a ballperson. "It's just a fun summer job with your friends."

The U.S. Open starts on August 27th.

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