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I was watching John-Patrick Smith vs Daniel Cox and noticed that there were no ball kids (and this was the main court!). The players had to go and collect every ball around the court after each point.
Disgraceful for ATP standards.
This isn't the ITF organizing Futures!
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

Wait...Columbus, Ohio? I totally live in the city and I didn't even know there was a challenger going
 
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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

Yes it was a hastily arranged Challenger, hardly any lead up
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

Wow, this is hilarious in a bad way. Ball kids don't really get paid.
Was anybody there? Any videos? Did they even have line judges?

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

that's pretty bad.
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

I can happen on challenger level and I'm sure humble JP is happy to do it. This makes it almost impossible to apply the time violation rule though. Imagine Massu in such a match. Maybe he had no ballkids in some of those 4 hour three setters.
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

Tennis is dying. Djokovic as #1 is turning kids away from sport as they're getting more interested in badminton.
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

I also saw it in CH Meerbusch this year. Don't know if it was like that for most of the tournament, but De Greef vs. Podlipnik-Castillo was definitely played without ball kids.
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

Who cares, they are getting paid to hit a damn ball.
 

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Re: Columbus Challenger: No ball kids!

This happens more than most people probably imagine at this level (and Futures). If anything it's a good thing that it teaches players a bit of discipline instead of having to rely on the ballkids to do everything for them between points.

I'm not sure if it's still the case but certainly in the not-too-distant past, players had to call their own lines in Futures too.
 
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