Swiss tennis great and eight times Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, himself a ball boy in his youth, said this week that players needed to respect the kids, who are all unpaid volunteers at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon commercial director Mick Desmond, speaking to reporters at the Leaders Sport Business Summit held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, said Wimbledon expected mutual respect by everyone at the tournament, from players to cleaners.
“But a ball boy or ball girl getting shouted out for not throwing a towel back… the players clearly know what’s expected of them and what’s not and Wimbledon is not afraid to fine players, whatever their standing.”
Desmond indicated that Wimbledon was unlikely to break with tradition and replace the kids with back of court towel racks for players to help themselves. Jpg” width=”720″ height=”450″ alt=”Ball boys at Wimbledon.