CINCINNATI – Emma Deimling, of Medina, served as a ball girl at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament held in Cincinnati Aug. 9-17. At 114 years old, this tournament is the nation’s oldest professional tennis tournament still held in its original city.
As the premier warm-up for the U.S. Open, it hosts the world’s best men and women players including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.
Emma said she loved being a ball girl and that it was amazing being on court with her tennis idols – retrieving and providing them balls, towels and drinks and holding umbrellas for them. The experience was also like summer camp where she made lots of friends from all over Ohio and other states.
The 1,300 volunteers like Emma not only make the tournament one of the best and friendliest in the world, but enable the tournament to generate millions of dollars in charitable contributions for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
To be a ball person you must be at least 12 years old and selected from an open training and tryout weekend session held a couple months before the tournament. Information about all volunteer opportunities can be found on
Emma plans on returning for many years in hopes of one day working center court for a finals match. She is a freshman homeschool student who is on Medina High School’s varsity girls tennis team.