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Models replace ball kids in Madrid

Updated: October 18, 2004, 8:18 PM ET
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MADRID, Spain -- Fashion models replaced traditional ball boys and girls in the biggest surprise Monday at the Tennis Masters Series in Madrid, where expected winners included Albert Costa, Alex Corretja and Luis Horna.

Women in black tops and white, knee-length skirts chased errant shots during Costa's 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Irakli Labadze. Reportedly paid $1,100 for the week, the women were greeted by cheers and whistles at the Madrid Rockodrome indoor court.

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