Of course these days they are Ball Persons rather than Ball Boys as they include everyone from 14yr olds to a tattooed Army Vet amputee whose 53. Of course he’s probably the fittest 53 yr old who ever drew breath and he can definitely keep up with the youngsters. He’s part of a large squad of 275 girls, boys, women and men who revel in the chance to throw themselves around a tennis court getting balls back to the champions.
And also holding umbrellas to keep those champions cool between sets as well as getting them ice, fruit, towels and whatever else they require and need quickly. 53 yr old Todd Reed, like his 274 fellow squad members all hope to be the one that’s picked to do Ball Boy duties during a major match up on center court. But above all they just like being there and eyeballing tennis greats as they stroll by. They get $8 a hour plus a daily food allowance. But it’s not the money, it’s the roar of the crowd, it’s the U.S. Ope, it’s the thrill of being there. Oldest Ball Boy