As a Western & Southern Open partner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the Ballpersons program and their hard work each year.





Ballperson Experience

What is like to be a ballperson? Well let us show you here:


Do you possess speed, agility and have a strong understanding of tennis rules and etiquette? If you answered yes, then you might have what it takes to join the Western & Southern Open world class ballperson team. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Not only will you make lasting friendships with other ballkids, but you will share the court and attend to the needs of some of the best tennis athletes in the world. 



  • Must be 12 years old by August 1, 2020
  • Submit a volunteer application (Applications will be in mid-April)
  • Must sign a volunteer waiver.
  • Review the ballperson manual in its entirety. Successfully pass a written test based on the manual and a skills test on the court during the training sessions.
  • All new candidates must attend one of the two-day training/tryout session (listed below) at the Lindner Family Tennis Center (rain or shine):

- Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will unfortuantely not be able to hold tryouts for first year ballpersons this year. Please check back in early 2021 for an update on our 2021 Tournament. 

  • Must work a minimum of the first five days of the tournament, Aug. 15 - 19 (when we have the most matches to cover). 
  • Submit a $50 participation fee once the ballperson team has been selected

Being a ballperson has its benefits!  Not only will you get the personal pride and excitement of being involved with the tournament, you also will receive the following benefits:

Ballperson Benefits:

Qualifier Level – Work 5 shifts you receive:

  • An exclusive Fila ballperson uniform consisting of two shirts, two shorts or two dresses, socks, hat and shoes.
  • Exclusive souvenir volunteer pin 
  • Two tickets for family or friends to one of the following sessions:

- Qualifier session, Saturday, Aug. 15 or either session on Sunday, August 16th

  • Access to the Ballkid Lounge area which includes complimentary light snacks and refreshments.
  • Opportunity to purchase 1 - $60 meal allowance card at a reduced price of $30 to be used for the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the food establishments throughout the tournament grounds.
  • Complimentary volunteer parking in a dedicated area.
  • Volunteer picture credential.
  • Discount in the Midwest Sport merchandise tent during the volunteer sale held on the final day of the tournament - Sunday, Aug. 23 Time -TBD


Returning Ballpersons(including those who have registered previously):

If you have registered, applied (successful or not) or have volunteered with us in previous years you will be sent a registration link to your nominated email address. If you do not receive a link please contact Mary Conner at Please do not register as a new volunteer, if you do, this will delay your application.


Thank you for registering to be a ballperson, we look forward to welcoming you back to the tournament in 2021 when we are back to our home courts.



Come be a part of the action.  I guarantee that you will make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime!  Please also remember to refer a friend to volunteer…the tournament could use more ambassadors like yourself.

Questions? Contact Mary Conner, Director of Volunteers, at 513-665-3822 or