Monday, September 1, 2008
New York Times
So although I am doing the same thing as the other ballkids, it seems that my black carbon fiber leg catches most people's eye. The New York Times approached me last week and asked if they could do a story on the US Open from my angle. I told them of course, but would never have guessed it would make front page of the sports page. I have never had someone tell my story as well as Josh did. The article was posted on the internet Thursday and came out nationwide in the New York Times on Friday. The New York Post must have seen the Times article online because they found me on Thursday and asked to do a story on me too, which came out Friday with a number of photos and a video online. This has been both an interesting and incredible experience. Strangers walking down the streets of New York approach me now to shake my hand and congratulate me on a job well done. For me, this is just something I do. I wouldn't know how to live my life any other way. But it has been interesting to have players and chair umps approach me before a match to thank me for being there. I also learned after the fact that one of the tennis players even requested that I be one of the ballpersons on his court during his doubles match. That was pretty cool. It has been a pleasure to work for the USTA and their support has been encouraging. Thanks for everything.