Winston-Salem Open ball person interest session scheduled for Aug. 5

Published 3:11 pm Sunday, July 31, 2022

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The Winston-Salem Open will hold tryouts for ball persons on Friday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The tryouts are open to the public and will be held at the Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center at 100 West 32nd Street (adjacent to Truist Field).

Candidates for ball persons must understand the game of tennis, including how to keep score; be able to move quickly; be willing to endure lengthy tennis matches in the sun; have excellent hand-eye coordination; and work well with others on a team.

Ball persons must be 12 years old by Aug. 1, 2022, to qualify. Applicants attend a minimum of two of the four two-hour training sessions from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8, 10, 15 and 17 at the Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center.

“You can’t get any closer to the action on the courts than by serving as a ball person, but it’s not an easy job. In addition to our basic requirements, we require ball persons to possess excellent citizenship and be people who are team players,” says Tournament Director Jeff Ryan.

“Volunteering as a ball person at the Winston-Salem is the ideal way to get involved in the great sport of tennis. If you’re interested in serving as a ball person volunteer, this will be one of the highlights of your summer,” Ryan added.

Applicants are asked to wear appropriate athletic clothes to the tryouts and cannot wear shoes with black soles. Ball persons serve as volunteers, and there is no fee to apply. More information, including online registration, is available at under the “Volunteers” tab at the top right of the homepage, by emailing

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