Jodie Burrage got here to assistance from an unwell ball boy throughout her first spherical Wimbledon match on Monday, offering sweets and vitality gel earlier than he was helped off the courtroom.
At the beginning of the second set of Burrage’s match with Lesia Tsurenko, one of many ball boys for the sport on Court docket No. 18 seemed to be combating an sickness.
“He simply stated he was feeling actually faint. He couldn’t truly actually speak. It was fairly distressing to see,” Burrage instructed reporters afterwards.
Whereas the teen took a seat on the courtroom and was sorted by the match umpire, the British No. 5 rushed to the fridge to deliver him some water and certainly one of her vitality gels.
The 23-year-old was even supplied a packet of Percy Pigs – a model of British gummy candies – from the group to provide to the ball boy whereas he sat.
“Simply tried to get him some sugar, gave him a Gatorade and a gel. The gel just isn’t the nicest factor, in order that they managed to seek out some Percy Pigs sweets someplace alongside the road within the crowd, which he obtained down after which began to really feel higher.”
Burrage spent a number of minutes with the teen whereas he sat earlier than medical help got here and helped to escort him off the courtroom.
“He was not in a great place and I simply tried to assist as a lot as doable,” she stated. “I truly had a panic assault as soon as in juniors right here, so I’ve been the place he’s. I form of know a bit of bit how he was feeling.”
Ukrainian Tsurenko finally beat Burrage 6-2 6-3 of their first-round conflict.