Ball Kids Lose Out at Australian Open Next Year. Is This Why Players Get More Prizemoney?

by The Insider on October 15, 2008 · 2 comments

in Grand Slams

From January, they will be denied the miserly per diem of $42 a match awarded for fetching balls, handling the sweat-laden towels and, perhaps, verbal serves from surly stars.

In place will be a gift package from the Open sponsors, although Tennis Australia was adamant it would match and possibly exceed what the kids could normally expect to earn in pocket-money.

The $20 daily allowance has been cut to an $8 snack package – about the cost of a sandwich in the player and media restaurant last year – but will also receive a lunch-pack that will compensate for the reduction, a spokesman said.

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Marvin February 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I can’t imagine a major grandslam event like the Australian Open would treat kids like this. I agree experience is one thing plus being with the tennis idols is priceless but doing what they are doing under the scorching sun deserves a little bit more consideration considering this event millions in revenue.

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