It's been a rough start to the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament for the ball boys and girls.
On Monday, a ball boy was nearly knocked out by an errant shot by Russia's Alexander Kudryavtsev. Then, on Tuesday, a ball girl was asked to something that wasn't normally part of her job description: remove a cricket from the tennis court.
It happened during the first game of a men's singles match between Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and Lleyton Hewitt. Stebe asked for the cricket to be removed. I guess he didn't want to upset anyone by stepping on it.
The ball girl picked up the cricket after a couple of unsuccessful attempts and was clearly freaked out as she was carrying it off the court, providing for a few good laughs for fans in the stands and viewers at home. But hey, give her credit for stepping up and doing the job.
Aussie Open Ball Girl Takes on Cricket and Barely Wins [Last Angry Fan]