WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS BALL BOYS
As this is my third successive year at Wimbledon as a ball boy, and also that I am School Captain, might account for the Editor asking
me to write something in this magazine relating to ball boys at the All-England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon.
This event has been. held annually since before the beginning of this century, and was followed with very keen interest by-tennis
enthusiasts of many countries.
It is with no less interest that the publication of the, Headmaster's choice of boys to attend this ever-popular spurting event is awaited.
Quite apart from the very welcome remuneration we receive for our services, it is not difficult to realise the reason for the boys being so
keen to be chosen to attend. All boys who have any sense of appreciation regard being selected a ball boy ;is a very great and personal
When one considers that only just over fifty boys are chosen for this very important job, and that— out of all the buys of eligible age
attending Secondary, Grammar and Technical Schools mid Colleges in this country our School has for several years, past been asked
by the officials of Wimbledon to provide boys, it cannot be denied that it is indeed a very great distinction for our School,
Few boys have the opportunity to display their ability before Royalty and other distinguished personages, but surely is the luck of ball
boys. All the while the matches are in progress, the ball boys are in full view of the spectators, and also to the viewers of television. On
several occasions we observed Her Majesty Queen Mary sitting alongside the Prime Minister and M.rs. Attlee, and seated behind them
were the Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Herbert Morrison, M.P., and the Lord Privy Seal, Mr. Richard Stokes, M.P.
Encouraging and appreciative comments about us were frequently given on the radio and television programmes, and occasionally in the
A short article under the heading "The Boys who love Wimbledon," by Steve Roberts, appeared in the Evening News on Thursday,
5th July, together with photographs of Derek (Snowy) Pain and myself.
The ball boys job, as most readers know, is to retrieve balls and to service the players without delay. Like the tennis judges, they must
stand in certain recognised positions on the courts in readiness for action. A wide red belt distinguishes the ball boys on the Centre
Court from their colleagues on duty on the outer courts.
Last July the journey to and from Wimbledon was made every day by motor coach. Immediately before starting on the outward daily
journey each boy had a shower bath. On arrival at Wimbledon all boys and masters reported to the ball boys' room. Soon afterwards
lunch was taken, alter which we reported to the ball boys' room, where our names were on a chart showing the number of the court on
which we had to report.
At 1.45 p.m. we each collected a card and proceeded to our various positions. Later in the afternoon we went to tea at an opportune time.
Lunch and tea were served to us free of charge by the Wimbledon authorities. The masters in charge of us on different days during the
period 25th June to 7th July were the Headmaster, Deputy Headmaster, Messrs. G. H. White, R. Moss, M. B. Smith and R. F. Leason.
The departure from Wimbledon was usually just after 8.0 p.m. On the homeward journey the master in charge of the coach served each
of us with two or three biscuits. School was generally reached about 10.o p.m., and supper was waiting for us.
Now that our work at Wimbledon is over, I think all can be confidently certain that we. upheld the School motto which is embodied in
the badge on our green blazers, "Finis Coronat Opus", i.e., "The end crowns the work."
LEONARD P. MOTT, School Captain.