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U.S. Open 2012: Ryan McIntosh, Army Specialist, Lost Leg In Afghanistan, Works As Ballperson (PHOTOS)


Ryan Mcintosh

FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, file photo, ball person Ryan McIntosh, left, waits with other ball persons for a match to start between Lukas Lacko and James Blake in the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — The red, white and blue sticker that U.S. Open ballperson Ryan McIntosh wears on his carbon-fiber prosthetic right leg packs a meaningful message: “Freedom is not free, but it’s worth fighting for.”

Yet if the time he spends chasing tennis balls and handing water and towels to the world’s best players goes the way he hopes, hardly anyone will notice it.

An Army specialist who lost his leg when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan two years ago, McIntosh is spending the end of his summer working for $7.75 an hour at Flushing Meadows. His goal: Trying to be helpful and invisible at the same time, an inspiration to people like himself!      DIRECTLY FROM HUFFINGTON POST