When it comes to Australian Open, it seems a number of us suddenly turn into fashion experts.
Aside from watching the actual tennis, rating and slating the outfits of players and officials is all part of the annual spectacle at Melbourne Park.
Ralpha Lauren have released their 2024 Australian Open range this tournament, including a new uniform for the ballkids.
The Sporting News takes a closer look at the fresh threads that will be on display.
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What are the Australian Open ballkids wearing this year?
Tasked with collecting and distributing balls, towels and drinks for players (among a host of other duties), ballkids have one of the most challenging jobs at every Australian Open.
Their constant presence on the court also means they are the ideal people to showcase a fashion brand’s latest range.
For the first Grand Slam tournament of 2024, Ralph Lauren have released new uniforms for the ballkids.
The signature long-sleeve polo is predominantly navy and white and features a light blue diagonal stripe.
It is made of recycled materials and is paired on-court with shorts or a skirt.
Take a look below:
Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the Australian Open, outfitting up to 4000 staff, officials & ball persons.
Here’s a thread of some of the looks for the 2024 AO collection🧵: pic.twitter.com/1NzwNkxScy
— Melanie Lautrup (@melanie_lautrup) December 15, 2023
Can you buy the Ralph Lauren ballkid shirt?
Yes, you can.
The entire Ralph Lauren ballkid uniform range is available to purchase via the Australian Open shop.
The polo shirt will set you back AU$ 279, while the shorts go for AU$ 139.
How do you become a ballkid?
Selecting the ballkids for each Australian Open tournament is a significant undertaking.
Typically, over 2500 kids apply for the role at Melbourne Park, with under 400 selected for the role.
Tennis Australia have a dedicated ballkid application site where 12 to 15-year-olds can register for selection trials.
The field is whittled down following these trials before the chosen ballkids go through further training leading up to an intense fortnight on the court.