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FRIENDLY FIRE: The "little people" were glad to see the back of Jennifer Capriati last week.
Capriati won the past two Australian Open singles titles but bombed out in first round of another defense, blaming a lack of preparation time since recent eye surgery.
Good riddance, according to ball boy and ball girls working at the tournament.
"She's impatient and she doesn't say thankyou," a ball boy told Tuesday's Herald Sun newspaper. "She tells us to hurry up with the towels."
Another ball boy said it was usually unknown players who were rude to them.
"Some of them a pretty awful," he said. "And the no-namers are usually worse."
Of the men, Americans Andre Agassi and James Blake and local player Lleyton Hewitt scored high marks for manners. The most polite women, reportedly, are Kim Clijsters and Venus and Serena Williams.
"Hewitt's really nice and he shook hands with me," a ball boy said. "And Agassi, everyone knows he's nice."
John McEnroe used to be a ball boy, which is why, he said, he never beat up on them no matter how much he ranted and raved at umpires.
"I yelled at a lot of people in my day," he acknowledged. "But never ball boys."