I tried out for U.S. Open ball person duty

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I tried out for U.S. Open ball person duty

Being a ball person at the U.S. Open may be as difficult as trying to delineate fair value for shares of AMC Entertainment, BlackBerry and GameStop.

This is something this journalist, who has now learned quickly when triedouts held at the site of the 2021 open in Flushing, NY.

After two passes at the net in nearly 100 degrees temperatures I quickly found myself completely out of breath. No Serena Williams or Roger Federer stamina is there here.

After four passes at the net while wearing a slim fit blue suit I was ready to go back home to my kitchen and report again on meme stock madness as I have been doing for the past 18 months of the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Each run up to the net gave me nightmares to being forced in high school by some out of shape gym coach to run wind sprints back into high school. My poor performance and the subsequent shame on the court took me back to my childhood of being yelled at in Little League by coaches for failing to catch the game-winning hit.

And all this is despite me cranking up my peloton runs weeks in advance of these tryouts. I stretched the night before the big day extensively. I even meditated, and voila! ball person success right off the bat.

In the end, none of this prep mattered and I failed. A humbling experience indeed!

That said, not everyone fails in ball player tryouts, obviously. Sal Chan, 39, is a longtime ball person at the U.S. Opens. He said that all you need is fat burning and laser focus.

A good ball person is agile, quick and has attention to all on the court. and they're not noticed by anyone, Chan told me.

If you think you have what it takes, there is still time to try out for US Open ball person duty. The earliest bids for Tryouts go to 16 June. Depending on who is chosen, you are paid $15 an hour and can be steps away from tennis royalty.

As for me, try Yahoo Finance Live each day at 9 : 00 a.m. Here you will find me reporting on tennis, perhaps and the winners of the U.S. Open in 2021.

Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and anchor at Yahoo Finance. Sozzi on Twitter and LinkedIn followed BrianSozzi.

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