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Bonds and Balls: How Debt Trading Saw Me Through the U.S. Open

Our fixed-income reporter had fun at the ballperson tryouts —and a chance to reflect on the parallels between tennis and credit.
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Every year the U.S. Open hosts a special ball boy/ball girl tryout for members of the press a few hours before the serious recruits come in. The idea is to score some free publicity—say, a colorful first-person feature on the surprising demands of the job.

I’m a member of the press, with Bloomberg News. But I wonder if they knew, when they put me on their email blast (Try Out to Be a US Open Ballperson), that I’m a corporate finance reporter specializing in newly issued bonds and investment-grade debt.