Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stops game to tend to ball girl

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stops game to tend to ball girl

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stops game to tend to ball girl

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jan, 2016 | 5:42 pm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has shown his class and compassion in the second round of the Australian Open, assisting a teary-eyed injured ball girl from Margaret Court Arena.

The Frenchman earned a round of applause from the crowd at Melbourne Park after rushing to the aid of the rattled girl, who had just been struck in the face by a ball during his match against Australian teenager Omar Jasika.

Tsonga realised the ball girl was in pain, walking over and wrapping his arms around her before walking off arm in arm alongside her in the final set of his comfortable victory.

The gesture lit up social media as Tsonga was touted a gentleman for his actions in the heat of battle.

“I didn’t know it was going to be something like this,” Tsonga said of the public reaction.

“It’s just normal. 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 okay, but with the umpire you never know. I will double check if she’s well now.”

Tsonga said it took him a while to realise she wasn’t herself, eventually rushing to her side.

“At the start I thought she was normal, because she always send me ball on the side so I said ‘what’s happened with her’,” Tsonga said.

“After the second time I saw she was in trouble. I just came to her and helped her go out because she was in a bad [state].”

Source – – Brisbane Times

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