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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2003, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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The players according to ball kids

A little insight found in this article:

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."

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you cant blame capriati for being angry after losing in the first round od defending her title! in the us open semi final in 2001 against capriati Venus was shouting at the ball boy to hurry up and give her the ball .I always wanted to be a ball boy

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Jenn, can't you be more polite?

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what a sweet article. nice find Angele.

poor Jen. even the little people don't like her. LOL!

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Ball kids also tend not to like players around their own ages. They absolutely detested Martina Hingis at Wimbledon when she was a young 'un.

Also, you'll notice that a lot of the players who used to be ball kids are usually the ones most likely to be the nicest to them.

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God, if Jen told me to hury the fuck up I'd have a bloody orgasm out on court.

Jen, is it cold out there or are you just pleased to see me?
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This was one match they are basing this on. A few years ago, the French Open ball kids said she was the most polite player in the tournament, so Im not giving much creedence to one article based on one match- a match that saw the defending champ crabby because she was losing.
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Re: The players according to ball kids

Originally posted by angele87

The most polite women, reportedly, are Kim Clijsters and Venus and Serena Williams.
this is nice to hear..
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Jen cant get a break can she? LORD!!!!!!!!

Come back EVENTUALLY Cappy!! Ok this clearly was written back in a day when I still had faith..

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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2003, 03:27 PM
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To be fair for jennifer, she doesn't like to stand around between points. So, if the ball boys are slow, they are disturbing her rhythm (sp?). So, I understand why she will be irritated with some of them.
And nice to hear venus and serena are nice to the ball boys.
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Cute article. I always respect the ball boys and girls. Not surprising to hear about Jenn and her behaviour.
Kudos to all of the players who treats the ball boys & girls well. Kim is especially thankful and respectful. At the Stanford tourney, she made a special mention to them in her little post-match speech. You know Andre treats them well! He's such an advocate for children's programs!

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I have the 2001 semifinal match between Capriati and Venus on tape. Venus never yelled at a ball boy to give her the ball. She beckoned with her hand. Plus it was after she had missed a couple of serves, she was frustrated with herself not the ballkid.

Jenny 161185. That is an absolute lie, which you are telling to excuse another player's behavoir. That is very dishonorable. This article is not about one match in particular. The sources are speaking of the player's behavoirs in general. Remember. Reading comprehension is an important skill, to be used throughout one's entire life.
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yeah, I have that match on tape also, and I don't see the so called "shouting" from Vee towards any of the ball kids. I have always noticed how Venus would thank the ball kids at times when they'd give her a towel or retrieve a ball that got away from her. Anyway, I figured the most polite women would be those three. Like someone said before, Kim's the other Williams sister. Hehe.

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post #15 of 41 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 2003, 05:19 PM
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I think Dominic Vanroost monami, was and will always be the most polite to ball kids, she always said thank u after each ball given or use of the towel.
Nice to see that Hewitt is nice guy after all .
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