Ball boy pulls off incredible catch

Yahoo!7 January 27, 2012, 11:56 am

It was set up as a clash of the titans - two of tennis's biggest names in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal out on the centre court of Rod Laver Arena slugging it out.

But, for the briefest of moments, the show was stolen by an incredible catch from an Australian Open ball boy.

Proving that it wasn't just the men holding the tennis racquets that had a few tricks up their sleeve, the youngster stretched out and grasped a ball that Federer had struck out of the court.

This was no easy feat. The former world number one has the ability to strike the ball at over 200km/hr, although thankfully for the youngster the ball came at him at a slightly slower speed.

If the Australian cricket team are looking for a new player to take slips catches, they may have a star of the future on their hands.

This was not the first time at the Australian Open that a ball boy has threatened to steal the limelight on centre court.

A young ball girl became a web sensation after freaking out picking up a cricket during Lleyton Hewitt's first round clash with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.

Watch the hilarious video below (about a minute in).

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  1. Ken11:15pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think concidering that he would of only had seconds to catch that ball he deserved the appaulse he recived and it is something that the young lad will never forget , also if they can find the that ball maybe Roger Federer might like to authagrape it for the young boy.

  2. Michael10:40pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I can't say it was that incredible. The kids are practicing their hand-eye coordination all the time. I think some people just need to get off their chair and play some sport. I was doing catches like that all the time when I was a kid with my left hand because the racquet was in the right.

  3. Hunter10:38pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I probably miss a lot of worthwhile "footage", but i, too, cannot stand those mind-numbing ads for rubbish i will not be buying!

  4. 09:26pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Great catch kid, but now can you shove it up the screamer rusky sheila's backside to give her something worth screaming about. She drives me crazy with it and I can't stand being in the same room as the TV while she plays. Totally unnecessary for all that noise!

  5. sameer08:39pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good reflex catch... by the way, if he can bat he could be in the Indian cricket team.

  6. Lorraine08:25pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Having to watch a commercial before looking at news videos is a form of abuse.

  7. Mark07:58pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ads, nothing makes me HATE the product ore than having i t forced dow my throat

  8. limpy07:45pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    bs is the most boring, but car racing and football come in next...NOT tennis....

  9. jibran07:20pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    If the clip/video is not availble at my location than why my time was wasted by showing me the advertisements.

  10. Vonny07:17pm Friday 27th January 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yaaawn! after almost falling asleep with cricket, golf, tennis, cycling and all the "summer sports" this was perhaps the most exciting of all the way the young guy caught the ball.....which goes to show just how "exciting" summer sport can be...yaaaawn!




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