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You can be a USTA ballperson!

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

Here’s your chance to be on the court with Rafael Nadal or Maria Sharapova.

The United States Tennis Association is looking for guys and gals who want to be ballpersons at this year’s US Open.

Tryouts will be held at the Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Thursday, June 19.

Participants can register on-site at the National Tennis Center beginning at 3 p.m. The evaluation process will begin at approximately 4 p.m., after a welcome by US Open Ballperson Director Tina Taps and a veteran ballperson demonstration.

US Open ballpersons are paid an hourly wage and will wear Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms.

The 2014 US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held Aug. 19 to 22 and the main draw will be held Aug. 25 through Sept. 8.

There are 80 positions up for grabs with over 400 people expected to tryout.You must at least 14 years old to try out, but there is no age limit. As one famous New Yorker, Cosmo Kramer, taught us, you don’t need to be young to be “spry” enough to catch tennis balls.

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