Ballboys get the drop as Madrid opts for female models
Fri 15 October, 2004 13:30
MADRID, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The centre court at next week's Madrid Masters tournament will look more like a catwalk than a sports arena after organisers decided to drop the traditional ballboys and ballgirls in favour of glamorous female models.
The organisers are reported to be paying the 25 women an average of 900 euros ($1,115) to do the job previously done by enthusiastic young volunteers from local tennis clubs.
Coach Julio Nieto admitted that he had had a tough job in trying train up the models for the tournament.
"We have had to show them what the sport is all about," he told sports daily As. "We had to start by explaining what a game, a set and ace were and then tell them when and how to pass the players the balls.
"It's not going to be perfect, but I'll be happy if things turn out well and there are no protests from the players. Although personally I think that with such beautiful girls the players are going to be distracted."
World number one Roger Federer leads the field at the tournament which gets underway on Monday October 18.
andy is gonna be dissapointed that he pulled out now
lol, well i just hope andy is not sitting at home scarfing pizza. other than that, im just hope he is healthy.