How far do the Wimbledon ball girls actually run?
How much do the Wimbledon ball girls actually run? Thanks to wearable tech and the researchers at Currys PC World we now know the answer: A lot.
On average ball girls ran a total of 248 miles over the course of the tennis tournament – that’s the equivalent to the distance between London and Paris.
Flying solo these sporty assistants ran around 3.36 miles every day.
So how do they stack up against the pro athletes?
The players rack up an average of 9,000 steps during a match while ball girls get to a similarly staggering 7,100.
When compared to the performance of professional tennis player, Robin Haase, during his match with former world-number one Rafael Nadal, the ball girls averaged only 1,628 steps or 0.77 miles less than the Dutch athlete who covered an impressive 8,728 steps equalling 4.12 miles in just two hours.
Robin Haase, the Dutch number one tennis player, commented: ‘It was interesting for me to see how much ground I actually cover during a match – even a friendly – and Rafa [Nadal] certainly put me through my paces. I’m amazed by how much of a good workout the ball girls managed to get during our match.’