Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Comes To Aid of Australian Open Ball Girl

Updated: 20 January 2016 18:51 IST

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga noticed that the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his Australian Open match on Wednesday, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Comes To Aid of Australian Open Ball Girl
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga escorted the unwell ball girl off the court. © AP

Melbourne:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress during his second round match at the Australian Open and won accolades on social media from fans who called him a gentleman. (Federer Marches Into Third Round | Sharapova Through)

The No. 9-seeded Frenchman said he noticed that 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. (Serena Advances)

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. And Tsonga is through to the third round after beating Omar Jasika of Australia, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

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