Spare a thought for the unsung heroes of the game – the ballkids.
Having already undergone a gruelling selection process, the ballkids spent next five months preparing for Adelaide’s World Tennis Championship during where they had to crouch, sprint, duck and weave in often blistering conditions.
Manager of the Woolworths Ballkid program for the WTC Breannna Hassam says the ballkids play a crucial role in the event and vie for a chance to be in two spots included in the Australian Open ballkid squad.
“They are crucially important. It is also a great opportunity for them to get out there with some of their heroes as well as experience being in front of the crowd,” Hassam says.
Expressions of interest have already closed for this year, but keep an eye on the WTC’s website and social media for 2017’s intake and do plenty of squats and sprints.
“It is physically demanding. They are in difficult weather condition but they have a lot of fun being out there. But they do have to be fit.
“In most cases they are tennis players themselves.”
The WTC is an exhibition event that brings some of the world’s greatest legends of the game as well as some of the top current players in a three day event that combines great tennis and entertainment.
Past years have seen the likes of current players Stan Warwinka, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kei Nishikori, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Tommy Haas, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils and Nicolas Almagro play the tournament.
Also playing in the past have been such legends as John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Tracy Austin, Pat Rafter, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Brad Gilbert and Goran Ivanisevic.
Virgin Australia operates frequent flights between Sydney and Melbourne to Adelaide.
Adelaide Airport is home to most hire car companies; if you want to do it in style (BMW Z3, Audi TT, Alfa V6 Spyder, etc) try Adelaide Hills Touring.