Barrelled, then given a spray
AFTER he was barrelled over a chair and given a quick lesson in the German language by Nicolas Kiefer, Rockhampton's Seamus Lynch knew he was calling shots at the Australian Open.
Lynch, 17, returned home from Melbourne yesterday from a whirlwind Grand Slam debut as a linesperson.
It was during Kiefer's tough third round win over Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero at Vodafone Arena on Saturday that Lynch was called into the spotlight.
Stretching for a shot during a long baseline rally, Kiefer crashed into Lynch and eventually blamed the Rockhampton teen ager for losing the point.
"He barrelled me over the chair and then gave me a bit of a spray,'' Lynch said of his claim to fame yesterday.
Lynch, who joined Rockhampton Tennis vice-president Vince Robinson on linesperson duties, also graced Rod Laver Arena during his Australian Open experience, alongside American superstars Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick, Argentina's David Nalbandian and Russian glamour Maria Sharapova.
And yes, according to Lynch guys, she's just as hot in real life.
Lynch arrived in Melbourne fresh from the Gold Coast Women's Hardcourt Championships where he joined Rockhampton's Michael Golinelli, Lynee Bampton and Robinson in action.