CT Open tennis tournment looking for volunteers

Credit: Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Whether you are a tennis player, a tennis fan, or are just looking for something to do this summer, organizers of the 2016 Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament are looking for volunteers.

Tournament organizers announced Wednesday that volunteer positions are available for anyone looking to give back to the community or have an exciting experience.

“Our volunteers truly are the backbone of the tennis tournament,” said Anne Worcester, tournament director, Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. “Their efforts help ensure the event is enjoyable for the fans and players. I encourage you to get involved – it’s an opportunity to get a behind the scenes experience at one of Connecticut’s major sporting events.”

Volunteers roles include options such as ball persons, in-stadium ushers, player transportation, general volunteers and more. All volunteers will receive a free uniform, tickets, meal vouchers, photo credential and free parking. In addition, the volunteer time can be used toward community service hours.

For those interested in becoming a Ball Person, Connecticut Open is hosting trainings on July 9, July 10, July 23, and July 24. All training sessions will be hosted at the Yale University Tennis Courts from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. First and second year ball persons must attend two of four training sessions. Volunteers who have been a Ball Person for three or more years, including 2016, need to only attend one. To be a ball person, one must be at least 12 years of age and able to commit for the first five days of the tournament.

Those interested in volunteering or becoming a Ball Person are encouraged to visit www.ctopen.org/volunteer, email volunteers@ctopen.org or ballpersons@ct.open.org, or call 203-776-7331 ext. 5842.

The Connecticut Open will take place August 19 – August 27 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven. For tickets and more information, visit ctopen.org/open.

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