A ballgirl at the Australian Open is recovering after collapsing on court during a match, with the two players involved in the match racing to her aid.
Pedro Martinez and Federico Delbonis were playing a first-round match at Melbourne Park when the ballgirl suddenly collapsed.
Martinez had been serving in an opening-set tiebreaker when the girl collapsed.
Delbonis immediately rushed from the far side of the court to the girl’s aid as Martinez, who was closest to her, lent over to check on her welfare.
The players then stayed with her, checking on her welfare, as linespeople helped the girl to a courtside seat.
It’s believe the girl fell victim to high on-court temperatures in Melbourne last night.
The girl was then checked over by tournament medical staff and monitored by a dedicated ballkids nurse until collected by her parents.
‘Federico Delbonis and Pedro Martinez, take a bow. Didn’t hesitate to help a ballkid who’d just collapsed in the heat,’ tweeted Nine’s Wide World of Sports, the official broadcaster.
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The incident occurred during an unruly night at the tournament, which has got off to a rocky start after the Novak Djokovic drama.
Australian crowd favourite John Millman won a controversial opening round match against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who complained to the umpire about Millman’s supporters shouting during this serve.
Some people reported a fight breaking out in the stands after Millman defeated Lopez in four sets.
‘The crowd was a bit rowdy. I think everyone’s had a couple of drinks and enjoyed themselves,’ Millman told reporters afterwards.
‘I tell you what … obviously you don’t want people throwing punches, because we are the happy slam and meant to have a bit of fun, and, yeah, that’s obviously the most important thing.’
Lopez was also the subject of a sledge by Australia’s wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott in commentary.
‘They look in a different stratosphere in terms of what is going on physically. John [Millman] is up and about, really using his energy,’ he said during Channel Nine’s coverage.
‘Lopez struggling, grimacing after each point. I’ve got a spare wheelchair in the locker room. I reckon he’s about an hour away.’
Meanwhile, popular Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, backing up from his ATP victory in Adelaide last week, fell to German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in a shock straight sets defeat.
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