US OPEN CHANGES BALLPERSONS ON-COURT PROCEDURES
TO ATTRACT MORE ATHLETES
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 21, 2018 – The USTA announced that beginning with the 2018 US Open, ballpersons will roll the ball from point-to-point, rather than throw between positions. Rolling between positions has traditionally been utilized at the other Grand Slam events.
“By rolling between positions, we are putting less emphasis on a single skill-set, in this case throwing, and instead looking at the importance of slotting more well-rounded athletes at the positions,” said Tina Taps, Director of US Open Ballpersons. “In making this change, we are able to focus more on speed, dexterity and agility, important attributes for a ballperson, along with overall court awareness.”
“The goal of making the change to the rolling technique, is to create a larger pool of athletes and applicants trying out for the ballperson position,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “In the past, potential applicants may have decided not to try out because of the daunting nature of the throw. We hope that those same individuals will now come out for the try-out this year, as well as those that may have not made the cut in the past, solely due to their throwing prowess.”
The publicballperson tryouts for the 2018 US Open will take place on Tuesday, June 26, at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. registration) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing, N.Y. More than 100 sought-after ballperson positions will be up for grabs. Ages 14 and older are eligible to try out for the coolest summer job in sports.
To find more information and pre-register for the tryouts, go to www.usopen.org/ballperson.
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the US Open, and throughout Fan Week and the Main Draw of the tournament, special recognitions and ceremonies will take place to honor the tradition and history of the event, as well as celebrate its great champions. In addition, the 2018 US Open marks the completion of the Strategic Transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with the opening of the new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium. In all, the five-year project, which revamped more than 90 percent of the facility, will have incorporated the installation of a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the construction of a new Louis Armstrong Stadium (also with a retractable roof), a new Grandstand, new West Stadium and practice courts, as well as a completely renovated and redesigned southern campus.
For the fourth straight year, the US Open will be distributed first-ball to last-ball, live and exclusively across the ESPN family of networks, on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN digital platforms. In addition, an hour-long Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation special will air at 2:00 p.m. ET on ABC on Sunday, August 26.
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2018 US OPEN BALLPERSON TRYOUTS
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER
IN FLUSHING, N.Y.
More than 100 sought-after positions as ballpersons for the 2018 US Open are up for grabs. Prospective ballpersons for both the net and back positions will be evaluated by US Open officials on their overall athletic skills.
Anyone age 14 and older trying out for the coolest summer job in sports.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, New York
Tuesday, June 26 (rain or shine)
General Public Open Tryouts—3:00 p.m. registration
Participants can register on-site at the National Tennis Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. The evaluation process will begin at approximately 4:00 p.m., after a welcome by US Open Ballperson Director Tina Taps and a veteran ballperson demonstration.
For more information, visit www.usopen.org/ballperson.
Beginning this year, ballpersons will roll the ball from point-to-point, rather than throw between positions. Rolling between positions has traditionally been utilized at the other Grand Slam events.
US Open ballpersons are paid an hourly wage.
Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the US Open.
The main draw of the 2018 US Open will be held Monday, August 27, through Sunday, September 9, with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation, a full day tennis and music festival for families and children, kicking off the US Open on Saturday, August 25. US Open Fan Week, which kicks off with the US Open Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday, August 21, consists of a series of free events taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and in the New York area.
Tickets for the 2018 US Open and the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation stadium show can be purchased via:
MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Mitsch, USTA, (914) 697-2291, firstname.lastname@example.org