I figured I should probably post some pics from this last week when I was mostly MIA. I talk about service and volunteering with my boys all the time, and I'm so proud of WD for volunteering to be a ballrunner every year for this tournament. The work I do during the week pales in comparison to what the ballrunners do all week long. Obviously they chase balls down,
They put in 10-12 hour days for free, and occasionally get yelled at by the players. The big joke is that by the end of the week, they all can swear in 14 different languages. But for this they get front row action for some great tennis. A win at the LG&T gets a player into the qualifiers for the US Open. Top notch tennis players like Andy Murray have played at this tournament in the past. As a smaller tournament, there is a mix of up-and-comers like 18 yr old Benjamin Mitchell from Australia currently ranked 344 in the world,
The tournament endured some crazy storms this week, one of which took down the officials' tent as well as the food tent.
One of the perks of working these matches is the ability to grab autographs. You may remember seeing this Kei Nishikori signed shirt hanging in WD's room. He was last year's winner and is currently ranked 52nd in the ATP's standings.
There are many of these smaller pro tournaments around the nation, and I encourage you to support them whether it's volunteering or attending. The caliber of play is incredible, and the ticket prices can't be beat.
Thanks for popping in and checking out where I've spent the last week.