Do you even notice them?

They zip across the court. They bend and scoop up balls. They roll them to the right place. They rush towels to hot players. These are ball boys and ball girls. They work at Grand Slam tennis matches. The U.S. Open was played last month. It had three hundred ball boys and girls!


Ball boys and girls can be as young as 14 and as old as 50 or older. They must be quick, quiet, and alert. Sometimes they stand at attention in the corners of a court. But mostly, they run. Their job is to get balls quickly off the court. Most ball persons feel that it is “a blast” to be so close to tennis professionals. Colossians 3:23 tells us to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”