WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Winston-Salem Open will hold tryouts for ball persons July 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. The tryouts are open to the public and will be held at the Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center at 100 West 32nd Street (adjacent to BB&T Field).
Candidates for ball persons must know how to keep score of tennis games, be able to move quickly, be willing to endure lengthy tennis matches in the sun and work well with others on a team. Ball persons must be 13 years old by December 31, 2014 (proof of age required) in order to qualify.
All applicants are asked to attend a minimum of three of the two-hour training sessions July 30; August 4, 6, 11, and 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center. Additionally, applicants must be available for the entire Winston-Salem Open tournament and qualifying rounds August 16 through 23.
"The primary role of ball persons is to retrieve tennis balls when they are out of play. Ball persons play very important roles in each match. Our ball persons have been an integral part of the Winston-Salem Open in past years," said Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes. "Being as a ball person is a great way to get involved in tennis, see the competition up close and have some fun at the same time, but it's also a serious commitment."
"All applicants must be mature, have good hand-eye coordination and exhibit outstanding citizenship," Oakes added. "I also want to stress that ball persons must be willing to attend the training session and be available for possible work during the entire tournament. There are no exceptions to these rules."
Applicants are asked to wear appropriate athletic clothes to the tryouts and cannot wear shoes with black soles. Ball persons serve as volunteers, and there is no fee to apply.