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The life of Wimbledon 2024 ball boys and girls and the military-style training they must first undertake


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The ball boys and girls are talented in their own right (Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Elena Rybakina might be the stars of the show at Wimbledon 2024.

But that show would not be possible without the tireless work of the tennis ball boys and girls.

And it is not just the players who are at the top of their game over the fortnight of action, with both the ball boys and girls having made it through a rigorous selection process and military-style training.

So, exactly how much do they get paid at Wimbledon and how many take part in the iconic Championships?

Here is everything you need to know.

How much do ball boys and girls get paid at Wimbledon?

Ball boys and girls working at Wimbledon earn around £200 for the fortnight at Wimbledon.

Millions of eyes are watching them back home on TV (Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

They also get to keep their iconic Ralph Lauren uniforms at the end of the tournament.

How many ball boys and girls are there at Wimbledon?

In a normal year, there are approximately 250 ball boys and girls in use throughout the Championships with an average age of 15.

This comes from a pool of around 1,000 applicants.

Roughly 170 are selected from 750 year 9 and 10 and a further 80 are picked from about 250 ball boys and girls from previous years.

Six teams of six are selected to work on Centre and No.1 Courts, six teams of six rotate around the other show courts and the remainder rotate around the rest of the courts.

Their efforts don’t go unnoticed (Picture: Getty)

The usual routine for the ball boys and girls is one hour on and one hour off.

What training do they do?

Training starts in February at the Raynes Park Community Sports Ground near Wimbledon in London.

The ball boys and girls train once a fortnight and attend four sessions at the indoor courts before Easter.

After the Easter break, training is held at Wimbledon and lasts until June.

The weekly training sessions last between two and two-and-a-half hours with between 50 and 60 children in attendance at each session.

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