I'm not sure if they can do that in Miami and Indian Wells simply because they don't get a lot of volunteers. Spring break for school age children is a different time than spring break for the college students, and I know that IW has had problems in the past covering all of the courts. I was there this year, didn't notice anyone that stood out. Actually, some of their ball kids were impressive with their speed and professionalism. LA has tryouts each year, but it's a summer tournament and many more children are available to work there.:haha: :rolls:
I guess they aren't strict about the recruiting of ball-boys. I remember when I applied to be a ball boy at Roland Garros there were physical condition to be met.
They wanted teenagers who weren't taller than 1.75 m (which I find to be disgrace as I was automatically disqualified before entering the physical tests. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with having a ball boy who is taller than most of the players) and there were going to be fitness tests like 40 minutes of aerobic activities and they would also test your ball throwing/receiving skills. Anyways point being, during these physical tests, all the fatties will easily eliminated and you avoid ending up with chubby and clumsy looking ball boys/girls for your tournament. They should do the same in America.
They just stated the obvious, when was the last time you saw so many fact ballkids in 1 tournament? in switzerland we make sure we feed our kids good healthy food!:devil:
And to be totally fair, the US gives opportunities to ALL people, not just the young and the beautiful. They truly do not discriminate, which is against the law in the US, not in Europe. And us Europeans sometimes have the nerve of thinking that we are democratic and equal ... in this sense the US is ahead of us by a lot. Shame on us.