Well Murray is out of this year’s Wimbledon, however lots of questions remain…
ball boys / ball girls – surely teenagers displaying this level of discipline is a lesson to us all. They stand at attention for long periods of time or crouching at the side of the net ready to spring into action. During the breaks they run to their other duties ready to serve the players on court and in the mean time seem to play a subtle game of “who’s got the ball” by rolling balls to each other while the players are distracted.
As an experiment in community involvement it would be nice to see some teenagers at the other scale of social acceptability serving as ball boys – say as part of community service. Stick a hoodie on each corner of the court! Admittedly the games may take longer due to the attitude of the “yoofs” not wanting to do as they are told. The ball would keep hitting them as they wouldn’t be able to see what is coming because of the hood (and trying not to make eye contact) and they couldn’t run very much as their jeans would be hanging around their knees. Ball boys and Ball girls are, after all, there to add some entertainment to the normal activities:
Another thing that puzzles me about Wimbledon is, what is it with the towels? The players seem to need to wipe their faces after each serve, or after strolling the length of the court. OK, don’t get me wrong, this tennis thing doesn’t look easy and I’m sure it is a good workout but there has to be a limit – there isn’t enough liquid in the human body for the amount of toweling that these guys do and the poor slaves (ball boys/girls) are forced to run to them with the sweaty towel then walk backwards in a sign of humility as a cursory wipe of the face is made then the towel thrown back at the slave. Down with this sort of thing.
Lastly, what’s with all the armed forces? There always seems to be a sailor or uniform of some kind standing around the center court. They never seem to be highly decorated officers just enlisted men. Is there some Victorian tradition that requires the representation of military at all Center Court matches or is there a need for a military presence that I can’t figure out. They are often seen when the TV coverage cuts to the score board so perhaps it is something to do with the security of the scoring system?