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Model ballkids unlikely in Australia

By Saffron Howden 19/10/2004 06:27:59 PM Comments (0)

Models in tight tops and short skirts won't find their way onto Australian tennis courts just yet, despite the Madrid Masters tournament setting a precedent.

Breaking with tradition, tournament organisers in Spain hired adult models aged between 19 and 28 to act as ball kids for the event.

The move turned out to be a controversial one and not all tennis fans liked what they saw, particularly those who felt young fans were being robbed of the chance to run water and balls across the courts for their tennis idols.

But Australian event organisers say the Madrid experiment won't take off here, at least for the 2005 tournaments.

"There are no plans to use models as ballgirls for the Australian Open," Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee said.

The Hopman Cup would also shy away from the move.

For now, it is a one-off gimmick, according to Sydney tournament organiser Craig Gabriel.

"It's a cheap gimmick. It's something different and I know the Masters series tournaments are invariably trying to distinguish themselves from other tournaments on the tour," Gabriel told AAP.

"There are no plans to do something like that in Sydney."

That is not to say the Madrid move won't take off in the future.

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