Tennis Player Stops Australian Open To Help Injured Ball Girl (Video)


French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stopped his match during the Australian Open to help an injured ball girl on Jan. 20 at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia (video below).

Tsonga was picking up a ball when he noticed the unidentified girl was upset during the third set of his game against Omar Jasika, notes Business Insider Australia.

Tsonga called to the umpire to alert the official to the situation, held the young woman's arm and walked her off the court, which brought applause from the crowd.

It's not clear how or when the girl was injured, but there is speculation that she was hit in the nose by a ball.

Tsonga's act of kindness lit up social media sites, taking him by surprise.

"I didn't know it was going to be something like this," Tsonga told the Sydney Morning Herald‎.

"It's just normal," Tsonga added. "She was really in trouble and the eyes were a bit [teary]. It was just normal to help her to go out of the stadium. I hope she's going well now. I asked the umpire during the game and she said it's OK, but with the umpire you never know. I will double check if she's well now."​

Tsonga ended up defeating Jasika in three straight sets: 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.​

Sources: Business Insider Australia, Sydney Morning Herald‎ / Photo credit: Screenshot via YouTube

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