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Being a ballboy at VS Los Angeles '75...and Virginia Wade

As I said in my first post, the experience of being a ball kid at this tournament will stay with me for the rest of my life...BUT...there was a smidge from that night.

Virginia Wade had also played that evening (can't remember against who, though) and complained afterwards about "6-year old ballboys...", implying we didn't know what we were doing, were lousy, etc. The Los Angeles Times newspaper ran the story with a picture of a young, 9-10 year old girl (who later became a national junior champ) sleeping. Young Debbie had worked the earlier match with Chris and Olga as a towel girl and by the time Wade's match took place she had nodded off in the spectator's seats two rows up from the court.

I remember my Dad being pissed off at Wade for her comments -- he was never one to use strong language but I remember his calling Virginia a bitch when he saw the story in the next day's paper. This was the first time any of us had ballboy'd or ballgirl'd and we ranged in age from 10-15. Virginia was the only one complained that night but it didn't matter to any of us. Everyone else said we did great, plus at the the end of Chrissie's match earlier she stood with us for pictures! I am sure I still have one those shots somewhere around here...if I come across it I will be sure to post it .

I *hated* Virginia Wade for a while -- I was only 14 years old . I eventually got over it and was happy for her when she won Wimbledon in 1977. In my adult years I admired her opinions and viewpoints as a commentator because she was one of the originals and spoke from personal experience which I appreciated.
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As I said in my first post, the experience of being a ball kid at this tournament will stay with me for the rest of my life...BUT...there was a smidge from that night.

Virginia Wade had also played that evening (can't remember against who, though) and complained afterwards about "6-year old ballboys...", implying we didn't know what we were doing, were lousy, etc. The Los Angeles Times newspaper ran the story with a picture of a young, 9-10 year old girl (who later became a national junior champ) sleeping. Young Debbie had worked the earlier match with Chris and Olga as a towel girl and by the time Wade's match took place she had nodded off in the spectator's seats two rows up from the court.

I remember my Dad being pissed off at Wade for her comments -- he was never one to use strong language but I remember his calling Virginia a bitch when he saw the story in the next day's paper. This was the first time any of us had ballboy'd or ballgirl'd and we ranged in age from 10-15. Virginia was the only one complained that night but it didn't matter to any of us. Everyone else said we did great, plus at the the end of Chrissie's match earlier she stood with us for pictures! I am sure I still have one those shots somewhere around here...if I come across it I will be sure to post it .

I *hated* Virginia Wade for a while -- I was only 14 years old . I eventually got over it and was happy for her when she won Wimbledon in 1977. In my adult years I admired her opinions and viewpoints as a commentator because she was one of the originals and spoke from personal experience which I appreciated.
Thanks for the story about your experiences. I had the great pleasure of meeting Virginia Wade here in my home town a few years ago, and have to admit that I was a little apprehensive at first, but after breaking the ice (I got to drive her around town between the clubs and picked her up at the airport) with a few tennis questions, and only after she realized I knew a little bit about the history of the sport- we had a great time. She did strike me as someone who wouldn't suffer foolish behavior for too long, however, I also think she is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful athletes I have ever met. I also used to (hope she's not reading this) get a good chuckle when she would get mad at herself on court and blurt out expletives like "OH WRETCH!" among a few other salty comments!

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When I first got into tennis in 1976 Virginia Wade was my ultimate fav....
Even then though I realized she could be a right royal bitch at times. LOL at both Ginny and your dad VS75.

Looking forward to your Evert pic!
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Don't take my comments personally VS75BallBoy! One had probably snagged one's pink cardigan that day, most vexing.

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~At 14, one is particularly vulnerable to obvious temptations of the age, boyfriends, parties, etc. (Virginia Wade in 'Courting Triumph' The best book on earth)~
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Virginia as Guru

Someone recently sent me a VHS copy of the 1988 video "Virginia Wade's Class." Have others seen this? Essentially it's an hour long instructional video, but for me, what sets it apart from others I've seen is Virginia's general humor and ease in front of the camera. When talking about how to hold the racket, for instance, Wade candidly admits (and I'm paraphrasing) "While there's Eastern, Western, Continental...it may as be called British Airways, as I don't know what any of those labels actually mean!"...she then instructs her pubils to simply hold the racket by her own visual example. I esp liked watching Virginia teach the flat, side-spin and kick serve, as well as on-court strategy to her pupils, playing out various points against a fellow advanced player. At the end of the lesson, Virginia even brings her pupils to a nearby beach, and, legs crossed, leads them through a basic lesson in the fundamentals of on-court focus through the powers of visualization/meditation. Overall, fun, funny and quite informative - highly recomended for all her fans!
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Virginia fans:

On Tuesday, Febuary 8th, 9AM EST, ESPN Classic will be airing an old relic (my guess is from the 70's) "Classic's Schaap One on One" featuring Virginia Wade. IMO previous episodes watched of Laver and Rosewall were quite good; hopefully this one's up to par...
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hey VS75BallBoy, i believe i've spied the pix of your crew at the '76 Slims LA in the halls of the Evert Museum!

...scroll to near the very bottom.
http://chrisevert.net/museum.html

recognize anybody?
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