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News |  Video – Tennis: they are ball collectors at the Marseille Open 13

News | Video – Tennis: they are ball collectors at the Marseille Open 13

They are 13 to 16 years old, practice tennis at a club and play a crucial role this week on the Open 13 court: they are ball collectors. In total, 24 young girls and boys were trained and then selected from 64 candidates for two days, to meet the needs of professional players and not only. Before each match, it is time to prepare: clean the field, prepare the food and water of the players, disinfect the surfaces …

Once the light goes out and the players are ready, they will play in teams of six. Four “funds” and two “nets” which will bring the ball to life outside the game and will be replaced every 30 minutes. Because here the days are long and these youngsters have an interest in sleeping well, eating well and above all getting hydrated to avoid contractions and sometimes holding five to six games. But for most, this mission is a real opportunity: to get closer to the big names in tennis. Tsitsip√°s, Rublev, Tsonga‚Ķ And it was the Frenchman Lucas Pouille who visited them on Wednesday. The star took a few moments to give autographs and photos, but above all to thank them for their mission “without which the tournament would not take place“.

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