Launceston International's ballkids are game, set and matched by few others for enthusiasm and endurance.
Presented with their uniforms at their final training session on Friday, the group of 50-odd Launceston juniors will serve nearly 100 players at this week's tournament.
Ballkid manager Phoebe Davis said this year's crop of talent was young but promising.
"They're pretty young this year but we've definitely got some experienced kids in there that are going to help them along," Davis said.
"Some of our ballkids have been doing it for three or four years now so they're coming back which is really good - we try and put one of the experienced kids with some of the newbies to always help them along.
"This year I think we've got as young as nine through to our eldest at 17 - sometimes we get a few parents on the court as well when we get really desperate."
Ballkids have enjoyed plenty of media attention at this year's Australian Open, whether it be crashing into Tennys Sandgren, peeling Elliot Benchetrit's banana or being kissed by Rafael Nadal.
Launceston's ballkids, however, are aiming to fly under the radar with good, old-fashioned hard work.
"I think patience is a big one and endurance - they're long days they're out there for so we expect a lot of them," Davis said.
"Sometimes we'll have a 12-hour day and they're the ones still standing so they do a good job.
"It's also about teamwork as well at the end of the day because we've got to work as a team."
Thankfully, it's not all 12-hour days chasing balls and carrying towels - there's also the best seat in the house, a rocking green uniform and the occasional souvenir to be had.
"They love having interaction with the players and the players down here are awesome," Davis said.
"Quite often they'll give them their sweatbands or something at the end of the match and they're stoked about that."
Now in its ninth year, the week-long tournament runs from Monday to Sunday at the Launceston Regional Tennis Centre.
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