Australian tennis player caught up in the ballkid compensation issue. The New York Post said that when it was discovered that ballkids are not receiving compensation for their efforts, criticism broke out. Working children receive a flat pay of $242 per week at Wimbledon compared to $15 per hour at the US Open and the Australian Open.
Social media users were shocked to learn that ballkids got goodies and the opportunity to participate in a system like the Australian Open rather than money. Less than one in five of the 2,500 kids who seek to be ballkids each year are actually accepted, according to the NY Post.
Those that are chosen must then work in Melbourne in January’s harsh circumstances and sweltering heat. Remember that the prize pool presented to the top players in the world at the tournament was the biggest ever in Australia: $52.7 million was up 3.4% from 2022 and was available to competitors.
Tennis Australia is caught in the middle of the ballkid payment dispute!
Users on Reddit enquire: “Why isn’t this child exploitation, though? The idea that dancers should be paid for their time is not absurd. It’s the equivalent of artists getting paid for visibility in sports.” And still another thing is that “volunteering can be problematic when there is an implied pressure or coercion to conduct work willingly, earning income for an organization that the individual cannot participate.” As well as: “There is no implied expectation that children provide free labor.
Nobody needs to serve as a ballkid at the Australian Open to gain attention or advance their careers. Children seize this amazing opportunity with both hands because there is no exploitation involved.” According to journalist Justin Smith of Channel 7: “Are we somehow in a Dickens book? Let’s go.
Pay the children. I’m surprised they haven’t made payment. It’s actually lowering their value.” Added Amanda Rose “In essence, I believe it teaches young children that learning is more valuable than being paid. I believe it’s crucial to tell girls in especially, “No, we’re worth this money.”
It’s not a fundraising occasion. You don’t want them to start working in their 20s and be told that the job is unpaid and only for experience. So they ought to be paid.”