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  On court with the tennis stars
Updated 23 June 2002, 10.17
Most ball persons are aged between nine and 14
Nik and Shanice are tennis ball boys and girls. In this Press Pack report, they explain why they like it, and how you can get involved.

"I decided I wanted to be a ball person after a mate told me how much fun he'd had doing it.

We have to train pretty hard. There was one week during half term when we trained for up to four hours a day! It's good fun though and I've made loads of new friends through it.

You get to meet the stars of tennis and watch the matches
Greg Rusedski meets the ball boys and girls

I've even met a few of the men's international tennis stars, including Mike Bryan from the USA, which is really cool.

The only down side is fitting it in around my school work but it's not been too much of a problem."

"This is my first time as a ball person. I came along to the try-outs after seeing an advert in the paper.

They teach you how to collect and throw the balls on court, and during the matches you either get to score or be a ball person.

This year I'm working on the score board as I'm too small to be a ball person. You need to be around age 10, because otherwise your hands aren't large enough to hold three balls in each hand.

You have to train to become a ball person

It's really exciting because you get to meet all the stars and they're really friendly towards you. Also you get to watch the matches!

They give you a kit and baseball hat to wear as well, which is really cool and smart.

I'm definitely going to come along again next year as I've had such a good time."

Nik, 13, and Shanice, 9, Nottingham

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