Australian Open

Tsonga rescues ailing ball girl

2016-01-20 19:01
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (AFP Photo)

Melbourne - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress and won accolades on social media from fans who called him a gentleman.

The No. 9-seeded Frenchman said he noticed the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his match Wednesday, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.

He put his hand on her back, and the ball girl handed Tsonga a ball she was holding. He then looped his arm through hers and escorted the ball girl off the court.

"I saw she was in trouble," Tsonga said. "It was normal to help her out of the stadium. I hope she's OK."

The ball girl was fine, just feeling under the weather, according to tournament organizers.

Tsonga moved into the third round of the tournament after beating Omar Jasika of Australia, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

 

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