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Applications to be a Ball Kid at the 2020 BNP Paribas Open are now available!

Ball Kid applications for the 2020 BNP Paribas Open are now available. 

Be a part of the 2020 BNP Paribas Open as one of our amazing Ball Kids!   Share the same court with top players like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and the 2019 defending champions Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu.

As a 2020 BNP Paribas Open Ball Kid you’ll also receive these benefits:

To qualify you must do one of the following:

If you meet one of the above criteria, please see the information under “Requirements to be 2020 BNP Paribas Open Ball Kid” below.

Don’t meet the requirements yet for the BNP Paribas Open and are at least 10 years old?  Register to be a Ball Kid at one of the Oracle Challenger Series events. Gain valuable experience on the courts and qualify for the BNP Paribas Open when you’re 13 years old.

Before applying, please read the 2020 BNP Paribas Open requirements listed below.  These requirements apply to both returning Ball Kids and those who have participated in another ATP/WTA sanctioned event.

  • Be between the ages of 13-20 (must turn 13 by March 9, 2020 – proof of age required)
  • Be physically able to perform 2-hour sessions on court with 1-hour rest periods between sessions.
  • Pass the online Ball Kid Quiz. 2020 BNP Paribas Open Training Manual will be posted on the registration site and include all the information needed to help you pass.
  • Complete the online waivers posted on the registration site.
  • Complete Training Requirements. You must receive “Tournament Ready” status in order to participate in the BNP Paribas Open.
  • Meet the requirement of a minimum of five (5) sessions during tournament. Three (3) of these MUST be on Monday, March 9; Tuesday, March 10; Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12. This will be monitored.
  • Attend one (1) Uniform Distribution/Orientation session on either Saturday, March 7 or Sunday, March 8 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

All Ball Kids must receive ‘Tournament Ready’ status by completing the required Training Sessions at an approved BNP Paribas Open location from the following list:

  • Denver, CO
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Indian Wells, CA (schedule listed below for weekly & Boot Camp)
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tempe, AZ
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Thousand Oaks, CA

Required Training:

  • Returning BNP Paribas Open Ball Kids with two years or less experience and all NEW to BNP Paribas Open Ball Kids are required to attend a minimum of four (4) training sessions.*
  • Returning BNP Paribas Open Ball Kids with more than two years’ experience require a minimum of two (2) training sessions.*

* The number of training sessions listed are the minimum necessary. You may need to attend more in order to receive “Tournament Ready” status by a Ball Kid Chairperson.

We strongly recommend choosing early dates to ensure you get all of the training you need. This allows you to sign up for later dates should you need to cancel a session or add additional training. Please watch all Training Videos prior to attending your first training session.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden Training Dates (all times are 1:30pm – 4:30pm except where indicated below):

  • Saturday, January 11
  • Sunday, January 12
  • Saturday, January 25
  • Sunday, January 26
  • Friday, January 31 (3:30pm-6:30pm)
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Saturday, February 8
  • Sunday, February 9

Boot Camp:

  • Attend a weekend Boot Camp**at the Indian Wells Tennis GardenBoot Camp is only available for out of state/country applicants or by special request.
  • 2020 Boot Camp is Saturday/Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2020. Hours are 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm both days.
  • To apply for Boot Camp, please email ballkids@desertchampions.comafter you have submitted your application and completed all necessary registration requirements.

** Attending Boot Camp does not guarantee ‘Tournament Ready’ status. Ball Kid Chairs will help you schedule additional training sessions should they be required.

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