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Ball person's goal: Inspire other amputees

Updated: September 6, 2012, 9:10 PM ET
By Kate Fagan

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -- Ryan McIntosh's mission at the U.S. Open is inherently contradictory: He wants to inspire millions and go unnoticed.

He wants to blend in so well with his team -- nothing to see here, just another blue shirt shepherding fluorescent yellow globes around the court -- that you won't notice the carbon-fiber blade that exists where his right leg used to be. His quick movements mirror those of every other ball person here as he shuffles, turns, scoops, tosses ...

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