Ball Boys

Meet Anthony Funicelli and Sean Murphy, two 17-year-old fans who made the trek to Flushing from Toms River, N.J., to get some of their balls signed by some of their favorite pros.

“Our goal was five for the day but we’re already exceeding it,” Funicelli boasted yesterday.

The boys also seemed to have made a study of players’ signatures. Doubles champ Bob Bryan had left a bold, clearly legible signature that Funicelli called “very nice.” James Blake’s mark, on the other hand left something to be desired.

“It’s pretty weak,” said Mr. Murphy. “Not very good. But he was in a rush.” (Later that afternoon, for what it’s worth, Blake won.)

Ball Boys