Video of ball boys at the Australian Open drying the court by hand has sparked outrage on social media. The clip shows a row of ball boys on their hands and knees, drying their hands on a court after rain, which interrupted the first set of the Elena Rybakina-Jelena Ostapenko women’s quarterfinal on Tuesday. Puddles had covered the pitch and authorities said they need several minutes to close the roof of the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, according to news center. So, the authorities called the ball boys to mop the floor with towels.
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The images shocked social media users, with many of them reacting in disbelief.
“Unpaid ball boys cleaning a wet court with towels when there was a high chance of rain. Just…” one user tweeted.
“If you’re into sports technology or someone who’s an innovator, surely there’s a better, more efficient way to dry out a tennis court. I mean, in 2023, this is ridiculous,” sportscaster and host Shane McInnes said on Twitter. .
“This needs to be talked about and addressed. Terrible to see this as a live audience – a better solution is needed,” tweeted a fan who was present at the match.
According to news.com.auAround 2,500 kids apply to be a ball boy each year, and fewer than one in five make it.
Those who make the cut work under strict conditions and Melbourne’s unpredictable weather conditions, especially in January.
Ballboys working at the US Open are paid $15 per hour, while at Wimbledon they receive a flat rate of $351 per week, the outlet further said.
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