Day in the Life: Ballperson


Amelie Salum Rapetti, Reporter

The Miami Open has something for everyone: players, spectators, families, and tennis enthusiasts. The event offers a one-of-a-kind experience full of music, food, excitement, and great tennis. The 2022 event was once again open to fans due to decreasing COVID restrictions. With the fans, the roar of crowds and thunderous applause returned as well. The ATP, WTA, IMG, and all organizers did a fantastic job of making sure the event runs seamlessly everyday. Last, but certainly not least, the ballperson department offers kids the opportunity to be an insider and on the courts with so many of their idols. 

With electronic line-calling the only people on the courts are the players, umpires, and the ballkids. In order to become a ballkid, one must pass try-outs and attend all training. However, going the extra mile and putting in the work is definitely worth the unforgettable experience that is being a ballperson.

For tennis players, the chances of being on court with your idols is more than enough of a reward for the time commitment. The proximity and view that ballpersons have of a tennis match is unparalleled. Moreover, at least for the duration of the tournament, ballpersons are immersed in tennis 24/7. The feeling is one of living in a temporary “tennis bubble” where the rest of the world and troubles fall away. Being a ballperson also introduces you to a great community of people where you are able to create friendships and meet people with whom you can enjoy good tennis.

The average ballperson day starts very early because check in is by 8:30am. There is a big simultaneous court reveal where assignments are posted and a lucky few get to work the stadium. Afterwards, the day passes in a blur of working your shift, break, work, break, work, and before anyone realizes the day is already over. Days of the week lose their meaning, and time flies. The only negative aspect of the experience is that it has to end.